Alexander Walker

Alexander Walker has pursued a unique path, championing the music he loves, particularly in places where it is not well-known, conducting pioneering performances all over the world. He has contributed to the rediscovery and re-evaluation of a number of significant composers with his innovative discography.

Since completing his studies with the legendary Ilya Musin at St Petersburg State Conservatoire, he has worked all over Central and Eastern Europe, where many of his performances, particularly of British music, have been broadcast on National Radio and television. He regularly conducts the Russian State Symphony Orchestra, Musica Viva, Symphony Orchestra New Russia (Music Director: Yuri Bashemt), George Enescu Philharmonic, Bucharest and Russian Philharmonic. Other recent collaborations have included concerts with Prague Philharmonia, the Belgrade Philharmonic, Symphony Orchestra and North Hungarian Symphony Orchestra. He has conducted most major orchestras in Poland and Romania, as well as working regularly with many orchestras in Finland, Denmark, the Balkans and elsewhere.

In the UK, he has conducted the BBC Philharmonic (broadcasting on BBC Radio 3), City of London Sinfonia, the New Queens Hall Orchestra and English Chamber Orchestra. In recent years, he also developed a relationship with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, conducting them both in the recording studio and the concert hall, including the prestigious Elgar Birthday concert in Malvern. His pioneering recordings of the music of Ignatz Waghalter with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Symphony Orchestra, New Russia as well as his cycle of symphonies by Havergal Brian with the same orchestra on the Naxos label have been greeted by both critical and popular acclaim. He has also recorded CDs of music by Robin Walker and with New Russia and Arnold Griller with Musica Viva for Toccata Classics.

He has worked regularly at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, conducting performances of The Nutcracker there, as well as touring with the Royal Ballet to the USA, to the Metropolitan Opera House, Kennedy Center and elsewhere, to the Bolshoi and Mariinsky Opera Theatres in Russia, to Turkey and Asia. He was Music Director for Swan Lake for the Finnish National Opera and The Nutcracker for the Norwegian National Opera. Alexander has a love of opera, including the major Mozart Operas in his repertoire as well as works by Puccini, Janáček, Verdi, Strauss, Tchaikovsky and Glinka. The opera companies he has worked for have included Opera North, Grange Park Opera and English Touring Opera. As Music Director of Britten’s Turn of the Screw at the Istanbul State Opera, he conducted the first ever Turkish production of one of the composer’s operas. In 2011, he conducted the premiere of Julian Grant’s Prophet and Loss for the Oundle International Festival. Alexander teaches at the Royal Academy of Music and Trinity Laban Conservatoire as well as conducting the Junior Department Sinfonia.

Highlights of the current season include a performance of Szymanowski’s Symphony no. 3 with the George Enescu Philharmonic and a performance of Penderecki’s Symphony no. 8 with the Sinfonia Varsovia in the Beethoven Festival in Warsaw.