Timothy Walker (guitar)
Timothy Walker was born in Durban, South Africa, of British parents. His father was a well-known journalist, writer, broadcaster and music critic; his brother Peter an international cricketer. He began playing the guitar at the age of twelve and when Narciso Yepes first toured South Africa the maestro invited him to further his studies in Madrid. This he did for two years before settling in London where he gave his debut concert at the Wigmore Hall in 1970. He has also studied with the late Ida Presti, her husband Alexandre Lagoya and John Williams who recommended him for work with The Fires of London, the modern music group directed by Peter Maxwell Davies. He now plays regularly with this ensemble. He is the guitarist with the London Sinfonietta and has played with the London Symphony, the BBC Symphony, Royal Philharmonie and Other orchestras, also in groups such as The Melos Ensemble, Ensemble Musique Vivante, etc. Conductors with whom he has worked include Colin Davis, Neville Marriner, Andrew Davis, David Atherton, Pierre Boulez, Hans Werner Henze and Walter Susskind. Timothy Walker has played, taught, broadcast on radio and television on his own and with other artists throughout Britain, Europe East and West, India, Japan, Australia, Canada, South America and the USA. Festivals include Edinburgh, Flanders, Royen, La Rochelle, Berlin etc. He had also made numerous records and played for many films. He has been a soloist (playing electric guitar) in the Proms at the Royal Albert Halland and a duettist with John Williams. Timothy Walker is now a Professor at the Royal Academy of Music in London. Belwin Mills have published several of his compositions. The first performance of his Concerto for a Rainbow (in France, 1988) was greeted by one critic: 'Timothy Walker was a British one-man show of quality. Welome to this Rainbow . . . a new star has appeared in the heaven of music.'