ALEXANDER WALKER | CONDUCTOR
has been instrumental in the rediscovery of music by Ignatz Waghalter, rediscovering and reconstructing his works. He has been key to the revival of the music of Havergal Brian in addition to championing several contemporary composers.
Whilst a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, he studied composition privately with John Gardner, and then at Bristol University with Raymond Warren. Alexander is active as an arranger and composer producing orchestral reductions of works such as Moniuszko's Opera Verbum Nobile. His arrangements of Russian folk songs are regularly performed at London's Barbican by the London Concert Orchestra.
Besides his teaching at the Royal Academy of Music, Trinity Laban Conservatoire and Junior Academy, his work is informed by a passion for edu-
Alexander Walker is a creative musician who has been responsible for originating many innovative and creative projects. Together with the mezzo soprano Elisabeth Stützer he devised the Alma Project, a concert of music and words based around the life, music, friends and loves of Alma Mahler for performance with ensemble. Performances are planned throughout Austria and Germany. Interested in a wide variety of music, Alexander has also been active rediscovering neglected music of the past, and
cation. He has led education projects and workshops for the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, English Touring Opera, Britten Sinfonia and the Opera School (Wales) as well as for many other organisations. His opera productions have frequently included a strong community element such Jonathan Dove's Tobias and the Angel and The Cunning Little Vixen at the Oundle International Festival. He was involved in commissioning Prophet and Loss, a new community opera by Julian Grant for the 2011 Festival.
He works with several youth orchestras (as conductor of Junior Academy Sinfonia and Surrey County Youth Orchestra), and has served as Music Director for the symphony orchestras as well as lectured at several universities. He enjoys coaching chamber music and is active in encouraging young musical talent.
In 2001, Alexander Walker was Artistic Director of St. Petersburg's Revelations Festival, a series of concerts, master classes and talks focusing on the music of St. Petersburg. The Festival concentrated on contemporary music from the city and featured premieres of music by Yuri Falik, Vladislav Uspensky, Gyorgy Firtich, Grigory Korchmar and others in the context of the music of their forbears, both well and less well-known. He was Artistic Director of the International Festival of Scandinavian Music in Voronezh, an ongoing Festival with the Voronezh State Symphony Orchestra, featuring all the symphonies and major concerti of Sibelius and Nielson as well as many lesser known and contemporary works, that lasted from 1999 to 2002.