Garry Walker Conductor

Winner of the 1999 Leeds Conductor’s Competition, Scottish born Garry Walker studied at the Royal Northern College of Music.

In October 1999, at very short notice, he replaced an indisposed Daniele Gatti in the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s opening concert of their Barbican season. Thus began an ongoing relationship leading to his appointment as Permanent Guest Conductor, a post he has now relinquished.

Garry Walker was Principal Guest Conductor of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra from 2003 – 2007, Principal Conductor of Paragon Ensemble and now enjoys a close association with Red Note Ensemble Scotland’s première contemporary music ensemble.

In the UK Garry Walker has worked with all the BBC orchestras, the Hallé, National Youth Orchestra of Scotland, London Sinfonietta, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia, and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.  Chamber orchestras have included the Northern Sinfonia, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra and Academy of St Martin’s in the Fields. With SCO he has appeared at the St Magnus Festival, with the ECO in Lisbon and the City of London Festival and with ASMF at the Barbican’s Mostly Mozart Festival.  He regularly appears at the Edinburgh Festival and in 2004 conducted a notable performance of Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 ‘Resurrection’ with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.

Outside the UK he has appeared with the Nieuw Ensemble, the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Luxembourg, Collegium Musicum, Denmark, Musikkollegium Winterthur and the Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin.  Further afield he has had re-invitations to both the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Auckland Philharmonia and made his US debut with the Utah Symphony Orchestra.

Most recently he has conducted the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, the Pacific Symphony Orchestra in California, the Dortmund Philharmoniker, the BBC Symphony, National Orchestra of Wales and Scottish Symphony Orchestras and Musikkollegium Winterthur, to which he was immediately re-invited.

An experienced opera conductor, Garry Walker conducted both Britten’s Curlew River and the world première of Stuart Macrae’s opera The Assassin Tree at the Edinburgh Festival.  He also conducted the Macrae at the Royal Opera House’s Linbury Studio, David McVicar’s much acclaimed production of Benjamin Britten’s The Turn of the Screw and Raskatov’s A Dog’s Heart for English National Opera, Cimarosa’s The Secret Marriage for Scottish Opera, Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito at the Royal Northern College of Music and Poulenc’s La Voix Humaine at the Linbury Studio Theatre at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.  Outside the UK he has conducted Curlew River for Lyon Opera and a new production by Calixto Bieito of Hosakawa’s Hanjo at the Ruhr Triennale.

Future plans include appearances with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra         and Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. He will also conduct a new production for Garsington Opera.

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A Dog's Heart, English National Opera November 2010

“…Garry Walker's cogent conducting…” George Hall, The Stage, November 2010
A Dog's Heart, English National Opera November 2010

“Garry Walker and the orchestra negotiate Raskativ's jerky speech-rhythms with aplomb…” Andrew Clark, The Financial Times, November 2010
La Voix Humaine, Royal Opera House Linbury Studio June 2011

“Conducted by Garry Walker…a vivid account of Poulenc's score.” Zoe Anderson, The Independent, June 2011
Pass the Spoon, Glasgow Tramway November 2011

“…conductor Garry Walker kept things moving with clarity and verve…” Kate Molleson, The Guardian, 28 November 2011

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