Australian flautist Sally Walker was Grand-finalist in the Leonardo de Lorenzo International Flute Competition (Italy), won 2nd Prize in the Friedrich Kuhlau International Flute Competition (Germany) and was awarded prizes from the DAAD, Ian Potter Cultural Fund and the Queen's Trust.
She has toured and recorded with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, is a former Principal Flute of the Deutsche Kammerakademie Neuss, was a member of Kölner Kammerorchester and has performed as Guest Principal Flute with the City of Birmingham Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Kammerakademie Potsdam, NDR Radio Philharmonie Hannover and the Australian Chamber Orchestra. She has worked with conductors including Sir Simon Rattle, Sir Roger Norrington, Riccardo Chailly, Gustavo Dudamel and performed in the Salzburg, Lucerne, Edinburgh, Tanglewood Festivals and the London Proms. From 2003 – 2005 she played full-time with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra. In the following year she was appointed Lecturer of Flute at the University of Newcastle and has been a master-class guest in Austria, Argentina, Germany, Ireland and Sweden.
She is deeply committed to chamber music and has collaborated with Pianists Lukas Maria Kuen, Clemens Leske, Philip Mayers, Ian Munro, Gabriella Pusner, Dénes Várjon, Sally Whitwell; Cellists Geoffrey Gartner, Steven Isserlis, Rachel Scott; Singers Christopher Allan, Jenny Duck-Chong, David Greco, Alison Morgan, Paul McMahon; Guitarists Anthony Field, Haga Duo, Bruce Mathiske, Giuseppe Zangari; Harpsichordist Rosalind Halton, Organists Peter Guy, Philip Matthias, Accordionist Neil Simpson and Singer/Multi-Instrumentalist Afro Moses. This year, she began the series “Twilight Musical Dialogues” at the Adamstown Uniting Church, Newcastle; each recital being a musical voyage exploring a particular country and featuring some of Australia’s finest pianists.
Alongside her chamber music activities, Sally devotes herself passionately to both Early and Contemporary Music. She has worked with Early Music ensembles such as Das Neue Orchester Köln, Neues Bachisches Collegium Musicum and Leipziger Kammerorchester as well as Contemporary Music ensembles such as Halcyon. She has performed in over twenty countries and numerous composers have dedicated works to her including Knut Müller (Germany), Coco Nelegatti (Argentina) as well as Australian composers Jim Chapman, Andrew Chubb, Andrew Ford, William Jeffery, Elena Kats-Chernin, Mark Clement Pollard, Colin Spiers and Paul Stanhope. In 2013 she premiered Andrew Ford’s composition for her “Once upon a time there were two brothers…” with the Shanghai String Quartet at the Melbourne Festival.
Following a long-standing collaborative relationship with Elena Kats-Chernin, Sally premiered her flute concerto for her in 2015 with the Darwin Symphony conducted by Matthew Wood (assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body). She has also performed as concerto soloist with orchestras including the Dortmund Philharmonic Orchestra (on both flute and piccolo), Orchestra Accademia I Filarmonici di Verona and the Klassische Philharmonie Bonn.
She has released three CDs with pianist Philip Mayers and is featured on Halcyon’s CD “Waves 2”, Cyrus Meurant’s CD “Monday to Friday” and recorded Sally Whitwell's "Road Trip" with the composer on her ARIA nominated ABC Classics Cd "I was Flying".
Sally has a Bachelor of Music Degree from University of Sydney (studying with Geoffrey Collins) and Artist’s Diploma from the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover (studying with Prof. Andrea Lieberknecht) and the Soloist’s Diploma from the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Munich (studying with Prof. András Adorján). Additionally, she has undertaken private study in Montreal with Timothy Hutchins and Baroque flute study with Hans-Dieter Michatz. She is currently undertaking Doctoral studies in Early Music at the University of Sydney.
“atmospheric, fine musicianship” (Hamburger Rundeschau)
“a godly flexibility and colouring in her most soul-stirring tone formation … breathtaking musicality“ (Die Rheinpfalz)
“sustained brilliance” (Canberra Times)