Sally Walker is Lecturer in Classical Woodwind at the Australian National University, regular Guest Principal with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and Principal Flautist with the Omega Ensemble. She performs on modern flutes and piccolo as well as historical flutes and recorders and has appeared in the London Proms, Salzburg, Lucerne, Tanglewood and Edinburgh Festivals.
She was Grand-finalist in the Leonardo de Lorenzo International Flute Competition (Italy), won 2nd Prize in the Friedrich Kuhlau International Flute Competition (Germany) and was awarded scholarships from the DAAD (German Academic Exchange for postgraduate study in Germany), Ian Potter Cultural Fund and the Queen's Trust.
She has toured and recorded with the Berlin Philharmonic and Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestras, is a former Principal Flute of the Deutsche Kammerakademie Neuss, was a member of Kölner Kammerorchester and has performed as Guest Principal Flute with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, NDR Radio Philharmonie Hannover, Kammerakademie Potsdam, Manchester Camerata, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra.
Sally devotes herself to both Early and Contemporary Music, having performed with Early Music ensembles such as Das Neue Orchester Köln, Neues Bachisches Collegium Musicum and the Leipziger Kammerorchester as well as Contemporary Music ensembles such as Halcyon. She is deeply committed to chamber music and has collaborated with colleagues across various art forms and styles, including Tamara Anna-Cislowska, Aiko Goto, David Greco, Steven Isserlis, Afro Moses, Ian Munro, Simon Tedeschi, Dénes Várjon, Shanghai and Acacia string quartets. She has recorded three CDs with Pianist Philip Mayers, was featured on Sally Whitwell’s Aria-nominated CD, “I was Flying”, Cyrus Meurant’s CD “Monday to Friday” and on recordings with Halycon, Australian Chamber Orchestra and other orchestras.
She enjoys collaborating with composers and has premiered works by Australian composers: David Banney, Marian Budos, Andrew Chubb, Andrew Ford, Sally Greenaway, Daniel Rojas, Paul Stanhope as well as Coco Nelegatti (Argentina), Afro Moses (Ghana) and Knut Müller (Germany). She has a long standing collaborative relationship with composer Elena Kats-Chernin and in 2015, commissioned Kats-Chernin to write her a flute concerto. With assistance from the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, “Night and Now” Flute Concerto was premiered with the Darwin Symphony conducted by Matthew Wood and has been performed a number of times subsequently, including at both the Australian and Swedish Flute Festivals.
As well as a performance career she works as an academic and has presented at the Performing Wellness and Musicological Society of Australia conferences, given pre concert talks for the Australian Chamber Orchestra and Musica Viva and worked as a German translator/interpreter.
Born in Canberra, Sally began her earliest musical training with Judith Clingan on recorder through the Kodály method and singing in Gaudeamus choral ensembles. She was accepted into the ANU School of Music at the age of twelve and completed the ANU Preparatory Course Diploma learning flute with Vernon Hill and Virginia Taylor. She graduated with a Bachelor of Music Degree from the University of Sydney studying flute with Geoffrey Collins and undertook private study with Timothy Hutchins in Canada. She completed Postgraduate study in Germany, receiving the Artist’s Diploma from the Hanover Hochschule für Music und Medien as a student of Prof. Andrea Lieberknecht and her Masters at the Munich Hochschule für Musik und Theater as a student of Prof. András Adorján. She is undertaking a Doctor of Musical Arts with the Early Music Unit of the University of Sydney, exploring a modern Flautist’s Perspective on the Process of Learning Early Flutes and their Literature, supervised by Neal Peres Da Costa, Alan Maddox and Hans-Dieter Michatz.
Sally Walker began her position of Lecturer in Classical Performance (Woodwind) at the Australian National University in 2018. Prior to this, she was of Lecturer of Flute at the University of Newcastle for twelve years, where she was awarded the Vice Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching. She teaches a wide range of repertoire, integrating historically informed performance practice into students' study on modern flute and piccolo, as well as on historical flutes.
She has been a guest Lecturer for the Royal Academy of Music (Sweden), Royal Irish Academy of Music (Ireland), Anton Bruckner Privat Universität Linz (Austria), Kobe University (Japan), Luleå University of Technology (Sweden), Instituto Universitario Patagónico de Artes (Argentina), Australian National Academy of Music, Griffith University, Sydney Conservatorium of Music and has been a featured masterclass and recital guest at the Swedish and Australian Flute Festivals. She has tutored the Management Symphony Orchestra in conjunction with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra (Germany) and the Australian, Queensland, Sydney and Newcastle Youth Orchestras. She enjoys hosting international and local flautists as guest teachers to her students as well as travelling to regional centres to teach.
Former students have won prizes in the James Carson Memorial Competition, Australian Youth Classical Competition, 2MBS Radio Young Performer competition, Bad Durkheim Chamber Music Competition (Germany), Jugend Musiziert Competition (Germany), have received awards from organisations such as the DAAD, Fullbright Foundation, Freedman Fellowship, Ian Potter Foundation, Churchill Fellowship, Australia Council, Helpmann Academy, New Music Network, hold orchestral positions in Australia, Estonia, Germany and have performed in the Verbier, Lucerne, Bruckner, Pacific, Bang on a Can, Pärnu and Aldeburgh Festivals and in Ensembles including Eighth Blackbird (USA), Crash Ensemble (Ireland), Southern Cross Soloists (Australia) as well as forming their own ensembles such as The Tone Camerata (selected for the New Music Network mini series) and Vanishing Shapes, which feature non-western flutes as well as the standard flute used in innovative ways.