Engagements

Orchestral

Alexander Walker has been developing regular working relationships with many orchestras around the world including the leading orchestras in the UK, Poland, Finland, Denmark, Turkey, Romania and the Balkans.

He regularly conducts Musica Viva in Moscow and, in addition to his recording work with the orchestra, he has conducted them in major Moscow concert halls.  He has collaborated with Musica Viva in a range of repertoire from Mozart to the present day, giving the Russian premiere of a number of works by Ades, MacMillan, Kendall, David Matthews, Ter Veldhuis and others.

Alexander has also been forging a relationship with the Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus in Bucharest where highlights have included the Bucharest premiere of Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius and the first performance of Szymanowski’s Symphony no. 3 at the Atheneum Roman since 1937 when the composer’s sister Stanislawa Korwin-Szymanowska had been soloist.

Robert HugillPlanet Hugill
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A light and fleet account of the opening movement, demonstrated the orchestra’s skill with Mendelssohn's transparent orchestral textures, bringing a vein of melancholy into the second movement whilst maintaining a delightful clarity. This second movement was clearly no funeral procession, but something far more subtle. Walker and his players brought out the echoes of Mendelssohn's Midsummer Nights Dream in the third movement, before launching into a tarantella which impressed with its precision and control.

Ballet

Alexander has worked regularly for the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and in addition to conducting performances of the Nutcracker for the Royal Ballet there, he has toured with the company to the Mariinsky and Bolshoi Theatres in Russia, the Metropolitan Opera, Kennedy Centre and elsewhere in the USA, as well as to Japan, Singapore, Korea and Turkey.

He has been the Music Director of productions of Swan Lake for the the Finnish National Ballet and the Nutracker for the Norwegian National Ballet and conducted Cinderella for Scottish Ballet and Romeo and Juliet for Northern Ballet Theatre.

Rodney MilneOpera
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Walker's players enchanted with a cavalcade of controlled, astute brass, refined woodwind and alluring low strings, all beautifully articulated.

Opera

His operatic repertoire includes the large-scale operas of Verdi, Puccini, Mozart and Tchaikovsky, as well as Tobias and the Angel, Carmen, Rusalka, Tristan und Isolde, Verbum Nobile (Moniuszko), A Life for the Tsar, Ariadne auf Naxos, and Gli Equivoci nel sembiante, Le Postillon de Lonjumeau (Adam) and Paradise Moscow.

He was given the privilege of conducting the first ever production of an opera by Benjamin Britten staged in Turkey, The Turn of the Screw for the Istanbul State Opera in 2011, along with the first production of Julian Grant’s new opera Prophet and Loss for Oundle International Festival.