Nicholas Walker is a musical omnivore, a musician who brings a broad range of training and experience to the double bass – classical and jazz, modern and baroque, solo recitals, chamber ensembles, and orchestral work. His enthusiasm and aptitude transcend arbitrary musical boundaries.
Walker is an Associate Professor of Music at Ithaca College, and leads a rewarding career as a freelance musician, composer, and educator. Walker has given masterclasses and performances in over a dozen countries, including guest residencies at Oberlin, Peabody, the Cleveland Institute of Music, and leading conservatories in Seoul, Amsterdam, the Hague, Oslo, Hannover, Leipzig, Rostock, Adelaide, St. Petersburg, and Beijing. As an orchestral musician, Walker has freelanced with the Oslo Philharmonic, the Canadian Arts Center Orchestra, the Handel & Haydn Society Orchestra, and the St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic. He premiered a new double bass concerto by Dana Wilson with the Ithaca College Symphony Orchestra in 2010, and was a featured recitalist at Berlin Bass 2010, the 2011 International Society of Bassist Convention in San Francisco, the Kaleidoskop festival in Michaelstein, and the 2012 Beijing International Double Bass Festival. Walker studied bass with Paul Ellison (BM at Rice University), François Rabbath (Performance & Teaching diplomas from L’Institue International François Rabbath at the Nadia Boulanger Conservatoire de Paris on a Fulbright Scholarship), and Joe Carver (MM at Stony Brook University); he earned his DMA in early music at Stony Brook University with the viola da gamba.
Walker toured for two years with saxophone legend, Illinois Jacquet, among many other rewarding collaborations in jazz. He has been featured on a dozen CDs, three as a leader. His composition EADG for Solo Bass won the International Society of Bassists (ISB) composition prize in 1997, and he has performed his two double bass concertos, Pop Song for Double Bass and String Orchestra, and A Grease Fantasy, at a number of venues. His most recent composition, Chorale for Solo Bass was commissioned in 2012 by the ISB. Walker spent last year with his family on sabbatical leave learning German bow in Berlin.