Jim Walker - Flutist
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: Renaissance Man of the Flute
Few other flutists in history have made such indelible marks in so many musical circles.
From classical to conservatory to orchestral to jazz to pop, television to film to the concert hall, Jim Walker
has never met an audience that didn't love his
powerful, "stand and deliver" performances.
star began to rise when Jim
was named Associate Principal Flute in the Pittsburgh Symphony after a stint playing in the US Military Academy Band at West Point
quickly gained the admiration of colleagues and audiences in Pittsburgh and set his
sights on Principal Flute jobs.
After eight years he won the Principal Flute position in the Los Angeles Philharmonic and never looked back.
To be Principal Flute of a major orchestra is to sit at the pinnacle of the profession.
Most flutists who reach that height are content to spend the rest of their careers there, but Jim
felt an eagerness and aspiration to move his
music-making forward yet again.
After seven successful seasons of performing, recording, and touring with the Los Angeles Philharmonic-during
which time the New York Philharmonic briefly borrowed him as Principal Flute for their 1982 South American tour-Jim left the orchestra, diving off the mountaintop into the world of jazz, studio recording and a commitment to teaching.
Having retired from the world of movie soundtracks, is now has raised his
teaching commitment to a new level.
is continuing to fill his
students' lives with music (for more than five decades) just as his
own parents-Bob, a jazz clarinetist and public school band director, and Barbara, a church organist-filled his
upbringing in Greenville, Kentucky, with piano and flute lessons.
went on to become a graduate and "Distinguished Alumnus" of the University of Louisville
as well as the University's first "Alumni Fellow" from the School of Music.
To this day Jim credits a parade of flute teachers with helping him rise through the ranks, from Sarah Fouse and Francis Fuge in Kentucky to the Metropolitan Opera's Harold Bennett, the Philadelphia Orchestra's James Pellerite, and internationally renowned flutist and conductor Claude Monteux.
Life was equally good for Jim Walker
in LA's famed studio scene.
Until June of 2010, he
was a first-call studio flutist for the better part of two decades; his
bold, expressive playing can be heard on hundreds of soundtracks and commercial recordings.
Dynamic soloist, legendary orchestral and studio musician, celebrated jazz flutist, and an inspiration to countless students worldwide; Jim Walker
is living proof that with enough creativity and determination, one can reach the stars.
is a living legend, and a true Renaissance Man of the Flute
Jim Walker is a Performing Artist for Burkart & Resona Flutes and Piccolos