Sally Walker is Principal Flautist with the Omega Ensemble, regular Guest Principal with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Lecturer in Classical Woodwind at the Australian National University. She was Lecturer in Flute at the University of Newcastle from 2007 – 2019. 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 prizes from the DAAD (German Academic Exchange), 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 and the Manchester Camerata.
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 Leipzig and the Leipziger Kammerorchester as well as Contemporary Music ensembles such as Halcyon. She is deeply committed to chamber music and has performed with Tamara Anna-Cislowska, Aiko Goto, David Greco, Steven Isserlis, 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 and Paul Stanhope as well as Coco Nelegatti (Argentina), Knut Müller (Germany), Henning Kraggerud (Norway) and Mattias Lysell (Sweden). 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. She has also performed as Concerto soloist with orchestras including the Dortmund Philharmonic, Klassische Philharmonie Bonn and the Accademia Filarmonica di Verona.