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  • Gregory Walker
    Professor
    Music & Entertainment Industry Studies
    AR 288
    gregory.walker@ucdenver.edu
    303.556.4009

    Since his critically-acclaimed 2009 Philadelphia Orchestra debut, praised by the American Record Guide as a performance of “precision and rapturous immediacy,” Gregory T.S. Walker has gained international recognition for his "beautifully calibrated phrasing," “ravishingly beautiful” tone, and the “sheer virtuoso force” of his performances. While developing unique collaborations with the Poland's Sinfonia Varsovia, Filharmonia Sudecka and the Encuentro Musical de los Americas in Havana, Cuba, as well as the Detroit Symphony, Colorado Symphony, Cleveland Chamber Symphony, Breckenridge Festival Orchestra, the Oberlin Conservatory Orchestra, Ft. Collins Symphony, Yaquina Chamber Orchestra, the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra, and the Bavarian Youth Orchestra in Germany, he has been engaged at Norway's Tromsø Cathedral Series, the Gateways Music Festival in Rochester, New York, the Centro Mexicano para la Musica y las Artes Sonoras, Cork Orchestral Society Concert Series in Ireland, Tokyo's NWEAMO Festival and at the U.S. Library of Congress.

    Having received a Masters in Computer Music from the University of California San Diego and a second Masters in Electronic Composition from Mills College before a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Composition at the University of Colorado, Walker has been known to play and compose for an array of acoustic, electric, and electronic paraphernalia - "Wacky, yes, but strikingly effective at times" (Detroit Free Press).

    An American Academy of Arts and Letters fellowship-winning composer, past Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra concertmaster, and sometime guitar hero profiled in Guitar for the Practicing Musician magazine, he was the subject of the internationally-distributed 2012 documentary, Song of the Untouchable. Also an official NS Design electric violin artist, his discography includes acclaimed releases from the Albany, Centaur, CRI, Orion, and Leonarda labels. He has performed with Lyle Lovett, DJ Sekhar, Botanica, as well as Denver's gypsy Swing Je T'aime. His Bad Rap for Electric Violin and Chamber Orchestra is published by Keiser Music, with Rock, Pop and Hip Hop Fantasies for Two Violins slated for release this year.

    Featured on National Public Radio, in Strings magazine, and on the cover of the April 2007 International Musician, he recorded the world-premiere of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer George Walker’s Violin Concerto in Warsaw with the Sinfonia Varsovia for Albany Records in 2010 and has been praised as an “excellent soloist” by the New York Times. He received the University of Colorado Denver Campus Village Teacher of the Year Award in 2011 and is now Artistic Director of the Colorado NeXt Music Fest. Dr. Walker's Department of Music and Entertainment Industry Studies courses include the CU Denver Chamber Music Ensemble, Applied Violin, Introduction to Teaching Private Music Lessons, Applied Viola, Music Appreciation, and the Real History of Rock and Roll; his students include state competition winners, as well as national headliners.