A Zurich native, Esther Walker studied piano with Brigitte Meyer and was awarded the highest degree "virtuosité" from the Lausanne Conservatory.  Simultaneously, she also studied Chamber Music Performance at the Basel Conservatory under the tutelage of Walter Levin (LaSalle Quartet), followed by advanced studies with Vitaly Margulis.

Ms. Walker was the winner of international competitions such as the "Charles Hennen" Chamber Music Competition Netherlands; "Concorso internazionale musicale" Italy;  and " Concours international féminin" Bern, where she was also distinguished with the special prize for best interpretation of 20th century music.

In 2004, she performed Hindemith Kammermusik No.1 for 12 Solo Instruments at the Lucerne Festival under Claudio Abbado,  followed by concerts in Salzburg ( Schlosskonzerte), at the Menuhin Festival Gstaad, the "les muséliques" Festival Basel, and "musica en otono" in Monterrey.  In 2006, she was invited by the International Piano Festival " Blanco y Negro" to perform a series of recitals in Mexico City.

As a soloist, Ms. Walker has appeared regularly with the Goettingen Symphony Orchestra, the Cairo Symphony Orchestra, Camerata Zurich, and the Ecuador National Symphony Orchestra.  She is also the chamber music partner of renowned baritone Gilles Cachemaille, cellist Joel Marosi, and violinist Sergej Ostrovsky.

Esther Walker's range of repertoire is extraordinarily wide, with special focus on Mozart, Schubert, Liszt, and music of the 20th century.  At present, she is recording the complete piano works by Paul Hindemith, and her first CD of this series will be released at the end of 2013.

Ms. Walker currently lives in Lausanne.


© Esther Walker 2013