Australian flautist Sally Walker is the ANU School of Music's Lecturer in Classical Performance (Woodwind). Sally 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 prizes from the DAAD, Ian Potter Cultural Fund and the Queen's Trust.
She has toured and recorded with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, 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 Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Kammerakademie Potsdam, NDR Radio Philharmonie Hannover and the Australian Chamber Orchestra, playing in the Festivals of Salzburg, Lucerne, Edinburgh, Tanglewood and the London Proms. From 2003 – 2005 she played full-time with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and in the following year was appointed Lecturer of Flute at the University of Newcastle. She has given masterclasses in Austria, Argentina, Germany, Ireland and Sweden.
Her chamber music collaborations range from performances with the Shanghai and Acacia String Quartets, to varying eclectic projects with instrumentalists and singers. She devotes herself to both Early and Contemporary Music, having performed with Das Neue Orchester Köln, Neues Bachisches Collegium Musicum Leipzig as well as Contemporary Music ensembles such as Halcyon. In 2017 she began the "Twilight Musical Dialogues" series at the Adamstown Uniting Church, Newcastle and became guest Flautist with the Omega Ensemble.
She has performed in over twenty countries and numerous composers have dedicated works to her including Knut Müller (Germany), Coco Nelegatti (Argentina) as well as Australian composers such as Andrew Ford, Elena Kats-Chernin and Paul Stanhope. She has released three CDs with Pianist Philip Mayers, recorded Sally Whitwell's "Road Trip" on her ABC Classics ARIA nominated Cd "I was Flying” and is featured on Cyrus Meurant's "Monday to Friday".
Following a long-standing collaborative relationship with composer Elena Kats-Chernin, Sally commissioned and premiered her flute concerto "Night and Now" (assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body) with the Darwin Symphony conducted by Matthew Wood, later performing it with the Zelman Symphony Orchestra and Newcastle Youth Orchestra, both conducted by Mark Shiell. She has also performed as concerto soloist with orchestras including the Dortmund Philharmonic Orchestra (on both flute and piccolo), Orchestra Accademia I Filarmonici di Verona and the Klassische Philharmonie Bonn.
Sally has a Bachelor of Music Degree from University of Sydney (studying with Geoffrey Collins) and Artist’s Diploma from the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover (studying with Prof. Andrea Lieberknecht) and the Soloist’s Diploma from the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Munich (studying with Prof. András Adorján). Additionally, she has undertaken private study in Montréal with Timothy Hutchins and is currently a Doctoral candidate at the University of Sydney, studying historical flutes with Hans-Dieter Michatz.