|An accomplished string bass player with a wide range of styles / professor of double bass, Ithaca College.|
Nicholas Walker is an accomplished musician who brings a broad range of training and experience to the string bass: classical and jazz, modern and baroque, solo recitals and chamber ensembles, his enthusiasm and aptitude transcend arbitrary musical boundaries.
Walker earned his DMA in Early Music at Stony Brook University in 2004. Formerly Walker studied with Paul Ellison at the Shepherd School of Music, Rice University, where he received a BMA in 1994. Walker has also apprenticed with two master mentors: for three years he toured with swing era saxophone legend Illinois Jacquet, and for the last twenty years Walker has worked closely with the pioneering maestro of the double bass, François Rabbath. As a Fulbright Scholar (1994-95) he worked with Rabbath at the Nadia Boulanger Conservatoire de Paris, and has since received two diplomas from L’Institue International Francois Rabbath, one in performance, and one in teaching.
Walker's exuberant and versatile performances on string bass have made him a sought after performer in many styles. He has given solo bass recitals on four continents, and has performed at music festivals worldwide. Walker has played with jazz masters like Illinois Jacquet, Hank Jones, Frank Wess, Wynton Marsalis, Steve Turre, and Clark Terry, as well as progressive players from a younger generation, Bill Charlap, John Stetch, Aaron Goldberg, Matt Ray, William ‘Beaver’ Bausch, Paul Carlon, and John Ellis. Walker has recorded with Cuban jazz luminaries, Juan Pablo Torres, Paquito D'Rivera, Horacio ‘El Negro’ Hernandez, Jose Fajardo, and Giovanni Hidalgo. Walker has also worked with Cabaret artists Blossom Dearie, Anny Gould, Steve Ross and others, as well as with the bandoneon Tango virtuoso, Daniel Binelli. An active chamber musician, and New Music enthusiast, Walker is a member of the multi-media ensemble, Ardesco, and Pulitzer Prize winning composer Steve Stucky’s, Ensemble X. Walker has performed with The Handel and Haydn Society Orchestra, a period instrument ensemble under the direction of Roger Norrington and Christopher Hogwood, and also with the The St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic, under the direction of Jeffery Meyer. In the fall of 2010 Walker premiered a new concerto by composer Dana Wilson. This piece will see it's professional premiere with Nicholas Walker and the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra in the fall of 2011.