Sally Walker is Lecturer in Flute at the University of Newcastle, a position she has held since 2007.
She was finalist in the Leonardo de Lorenzo International Flute Competition in Italy, won 2nd Prize in the Friedrich Kuhlau International Flute Competition in Germany and was the recipient of the Ian Potter Foundation Cultural Award, the DAAD German Government Scholarship and the Queen’s Trust Prize. She has performed as soloist with orchestras including the Klassische Philharmonie Bonn, Dortmund Philharmonic Orchestra, L’Accademia Filarmonica and was a member of the Cologne Chamber Orchestra. She was Principal Flute of the Deutsche Kammerakademie Neuss before playing full-time with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and recorded and toured with the Berlin Philharmonic under Sir Simon Rattle.
As Guest Principal, she has performed with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, NDR Radio Philharmonie Hannover, Kammerakademie Potsdam, Manchester Camerata, Auckland Philharmonic, Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, the Adelaide and Queensland Symphony Orchestras and has played with Early Music ensembles such as: Das Neue Orchester Köln, Neues Bachisches Collegium Leipzig and the Leipzig Chamber Orchestra.
She deeply committed to chamber music and has collaborated with: Walter Auer, Anthony Field, Steven Isserlis, Philip Mayers, Ian Munro, Rachel Scott, Dénes Várjon, Halcyon, Ensemble Offspring, Quintessenz, the Australia Ensemble as well as Conservatorium colleagues past and present: Andrew Chubb, Helen English, Rosalind Halton, Paul McMahon, Philip Matthias, Ann O’Hearn, Gabriella Pusner, Anthea Scott-Mitchell, Helen Smith, Colin Spiers and Giuseppe Zangari.
She has tutored for the Australian, Sydney and Queensland Youth Orchestras and has given masterlasses for the Royal Irish Academy of Music, the Australian National Academy of Music, the Australian Institute of Music and the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
She has premiered new works by Nigel Butterley and Andrew Ford with Halcyon and composers including Michael Askill, Elena Kats-Chernin, Knut Mueller, Coco Nelegatti, Mark Clement Pollard and Colin Spiers have composed for her. She has commissioned Jim Chapman to write a work that will be premiered on the 29th of October 2011 as part of a benefit concert for a school in Tanzania.