2020 GUEST ARTIST JIM WALKER
Few other flutists in history have made such indelible marks in so many musical circles. From jazz to pop to classical, television to film to the concert hall, Jim Walker has never met a crowd that didn’t love his powerful, “stand and deliver” performances.
His star began to rise when in 1969, when Jim was named Associate Principal Flute in the Pittsburgh Symphony after a stint playing in the US Military Academy Band at West Point. He 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.
After all the reviews have been written and the stage and studio lights dim, however, Jim has said that the one aspect of his career he will maintain to the grave is teaching. He has been filling his students’ lives with music for five decades now. Jim’s gratitude to his teachers is returned to him by his students. As Professor of Practice and Coordinator of Flute Studies at the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music and Professor of Flute and Chamber Music at The Colburn Conservatory of Music, Jim devotes at least twenty hours a week to steering the careers of young flutists. Before coming to Los Angeles, Jim’s teaching career included positions at Duquesne University, Carnegie-Mellon, and the University of Pittsburgh, and since arriving in Southern California he has been invited to be visiting professor at the University of North Texas, the University of Texas-Austin, and Arizona State University. http://www.jimwalkerflute.com/
Q&A with Jim Walker, released live October 7, 2020, featuring NJFS Co-President Bacchiocchi-Stewart and special guest interviewer Caity Massoud from The Flute Center of New York, the New Jersey Flute Society’s 2020 Young Artist and High School Competition Sponsor!
NJFS Gives Back Q&A Series is a series of web-interviews first started this past Summer 2020. Between June and October, New Jersey Flute Society has interviewed 13 amazing flutists: Denis and Erin Bouriakov, Bart Feller, Elizabeth Rowe, Emily Beynon, Alexa Still, Lillian Burkart, Marina Piccinini, Flutronix flutists Nathalie Joachim and Allison Loggins-Hull, Amal Gochenour, Erica Peel & Jim Walker!
100% of the proceeds from NJFS Gives Back Q&A registrations are donated to a charity or cause of the guest artist(s)'s choice. Our goal is to provide insightful discussions with icons of the flute world, while giving back to groups and organizations, especially during these difficult times. If you weren't able to attend the Q&As live, you are still able to register and watch through our website archive! If interested, please visit: https://www.njflutesociety.org/events