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Violinist/composer Gregory Walker holds degrees in Music and English from Indiana University, Computer Music from the University of California at San Diego, and Composition from Mills College. He completed his doctorate in composition at the University of Colorado at Boulder. His violin teachers have included Yuval Yaron, Oswald Lehnert, Janos Negyesy, David Abel, Josef Gingold, and Dorothy DeLay. Walker's multi-faceted career has included a cameo electric violin solo with French pop star Anne Pigalle, the Colorado premiere of Violin Concerto by black composer Joseph White (1833-1920) with the Loveland Chamber Orchestra, a European tour with his program entitled "The Unaccompanied Violin, Unlimited," and solo appearances with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, which also premiered his rap/symphonic composition, Dream N. the Hood.

Walker has recorded Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 1 and Lyric for String Quartet by his father, Pulitzer prize winning composer George Walker, and has performed at Harvard University, Smith College, the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Lyon, Italy's Spoleto Music Festival, and the Aspen Music Festival. Dr. Walker is Assistant Professor and Director of Ensembles at the University of Colorado at Denver and concertmaster of the Boulder Philharmonic.

Helen Walker-Hill, pianist, received her early musical training from her mother, Margaret Siemens, and continued piano studies with Emma Endres Kountz in Toledo, Ohio. She holds degrees from the University of Colorado, Smith College, and the École Normale de Musique in Paris, where she studied as a Fulbright scholar with Nadia Boulanger. Formerly on the piano faculty of the University of Colorado at Boulder, Dr. Walker-Hill has also served as a visiting faculty member at Muhlenberg College in Pennsylvania and at the University of Wyoming. She has been a member of the Walker Duo with her son, Gregory Walker, since 1983.

Walker-Hill has been engaged in research and performance of music by black women since 1987, and her work has been featured on National Public Radios "Morning Edition" and "Horizons" programs. She is the author of a book, Piano Music by Black Women Composers: A Catalog of Solo and Ensemble Works, the editor of an anthology, Black Women Composers: A Century of Piano Music 1893-1990, and editor of the Vivace Press series, Music by African American-Women. Her monograph, Music by Black Women Composers: A Bibliography of Available Scores, is published by the Center for Black Music Research in Chicago. Walker-Hill was awarded a 1995-96 Scholar-in-Residence Fellowship at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in New York City.

 


 


 

 

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