London Symphony Orchestra ; Watkins Flute Concerto, World Premiere

Looking as elegant as he sounded, Walker had as many notes to play as the rest of the orchestra put together, and his non-stop stream of birdsong was presented with a virtuosity which was discreet rather than showy

Independent, 24th Feb 2014

London Symphony Orchestra : Watkins Flute Concerto, World Premiere

Any prejudices about the flute as a concerto soloist evaporated in Huw Watkins’s beautiful Flute Concerto, which showed-off the superhuman genius of the LSO’s principal flautist, Adam Walker……Adam Walker’s playing was miraculous, his tone shifting imperceptibly from seductive roundness to an edgy astringency and adding layers of nuance to Watkins’s already thoroughly imagined, translucent writing. Walker literally breathed character into the music, with an effortless, assured virtuosity that played games to great effect with the orchestra

Classical Source, 24 Feb 2014

London Symphony Orchestra : Watkins Flute Concerto, World Premiere

“Walker, playing with staggering virtuosity and charm, kept the audience on the edge of their seats throughout, and brought the house down at the end.”

The Guardian, 25th Feb 2014

BBC National Orchestra of Wales: BERNSTEIN Halil

“The immaculate playing of soloist Adam Walker brought a transcendent quality to the music. Walker’s truly remarkable gifts made him, by implication, The Incredible Flutist…”

The Guardian 03 Dec 2013

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra / Volkov (Royal Festival Hall, The Rest is Noise Festival): TAKEMITSU I Hear the Water Dreaming

“In the flute concerto I Hear the Water Dreaming, the soloist Adam Walker conjured an astonishing palette, from ripe fullness to wind-through-the-reeds thinness.”

The Telegraph 29 Nov 2013

“…in the performance of I Hear the Water Dreaming, the orchestra appearing almost to dance round the solo flute, superbly played by Adam Walker.”

The Guardian 01 Dec 2013

“Attractions included a languorous line, a refined palette of colour, and a shimmer out of which Adam Walker’s outstanding artistry was never in doubt.”

Classical Source 28 Nov 2013

Wigmore Hall: DEBUSSY Trio for Flute, Viola & Harp

“ A better line-up than Adam Walker, Lawrence Power and Lucy Wakeford is hard to imagine, and all three players reached for their richest sonorities to summon up Debussy’s illusory musical web “

The Telegraph 19 Sep 2013

CD Recording: “Vocalise” POULENC Flute Sonata, Vocalise, MESSIAEN Lecons de Solfege, BARTOK Suite paysanne hongroise, BARBER Canzone, SCHUBERT Introduction and Variations

“He (Walker) is a superb player, with a tone that is slightly cool, and there is much delicacy of nuance in his phrasing…the listener can expect something distinctive here and is not disappointed.”

Gramophone July 2013

BBC NOW: BRETT DEAN Sidori Dances (Premiere) / Fischer:

“In its premiere [Brett Dean Sidori Dances] with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales under Thierry Fischer, the extraordinarily beautiful playing of Adam Walker suggested this young man will be a great exponent of the instrument.”

The Guardian April 2011

“… what followed was indeed something out of the ordinary. Flautist Adam Walker gave a thoroughly engrossing world premiere of Brett Dean’s The Siduri Dances. This is a difficult, sometimes brutal work, but Walker approached it with confidence and assurance.”

Wales online April 2011

Gwyl Gregynog Festival: BARTOK Suite Paysanne Hongroise, MOZART Andante in C, WATKINS Capriccio, POULENC Flute Sonata, DEBUSSY Syrinx, PROKOFIEV Flute Sonata:

“Flautist Adam Walker is a stunning talent. At 22, he plays with the artistry of a performer of maturer years, and this opening recital of the Gwyl Gregynog festival, given with pianist Huw Watkins, showed what an exciting prospect he represents. It was not simply Walker’s display of virtuosity – graceful and apparently effortless – that was astonishing, but his ability to characterise the music so vividly.”

The Guardian June 2010

City of London Festival: ZGRAJA Virtuoso Flamenco Study No 15

“Walker, aged 22 and first flute of the London Symphony Orchestra, was so dazzling in his solo performance of a Virtuoso Flamenco Study by one Krzysztof Zgraja that I doubted whether it’s possible to play the instrument better.”

The Sunday Times July 2010

Academy of St Martins in the Fields

“The Academy players were alert to Perahia’s every nuance, with flautist Adam Walker and oboist Christopher Cowie outstanding.”

The Guardian November 2009

Wigmore Hall: GRIFFES Poem

“The Poem [Griffes] for flute and piano was exquisitely well played by Adam Walker”

The Guardian June 2009

London Symphony Orchestra: DEBUSSY Prélude a l’après-midi d’un faune / Tortelier

“After the interval we were treated to more heady sensuality in a restrained yet wonderfully evocative performance of Debussy’s Prélude a l’après-midi d’un faune in which Adam Walker’s solo flute playing was quite simply superb.”

www.musicomh.com June 2009

King’s Place Opening Concert: VARESE Density 21.5

“Hall One highlights, for me, were ….the brilliant young flautist Adam Walker playing Varèse.”

The Sunday Times October 2008

Mostly Mozart Festival / Academy of St Martins in the Fields: MOZART Flute and Harp Concerto / Walker

“Adam Walker and Sally Pryce were the young and phenomenally talented soloists in Mozart’s Concerto for Flute and Harp, K299, exquisitely played and flawless in its perfection.”

The Guardian July 2008

“Mozart’s Concerto in C major for Flute and Harp offered a brief repose after the interval and an opportunity for another talented young star to shine. Twenty year-old flautist Adam Walker, accompanying Sally Pryce on the harp, gave a quite exceptional performance, with a modesty and poise that seemed well beyond his years.”

www.musicomh.com July 2008

Presteigne Festival: DUDDELL Mnemonic

“Flautist Adam Walker stood out as the young artist to watch in this festival. Together with harpist Sally Pryce, Walker’s fluently expressive tone added a gloss to the rerun of Duddell’s 2004 Presteigne commission, Mnemonic. And, at their morning recital in Kinnerton, Walker and Pryce performed with vibrant energy in the premiere of David Bruce’s Gigue, and with a dark intensity in Michael Berkeley’s Last Breath.”

The Guardian August 2008

Edinburgh Guide BBC Young Musicians Competition

“Adam Walker treated us all to the most thoughtful, contemplative interpretation of Carl Nielsen’s Flute concerto, entirely focused on bringing out the beauty and lovely singing quality of his flute, playing a piece supremely suited to that intention. He was clearly lost in the music and played it with all the delicacy and drama it needed”

May 2004