MICHAEL BROWNLEE WALKER was born
and educated in Zimbabwe and moved to the United Kingdom at the age of 19 to
study with British pianist and Liszt specialist, Leslie Howard. The following
year he won an ABRSM scholarship to study solo piano performance the Royal
Northern College of Music in Manchester - where his teachers included Ka-Kit
Tam, Paul Janes and Margaret Fingerhut, and where he appeared in masterclasses
with pianists such as Arnaldo Cohen, Stephen Hough and Martin Roscoe. As song
accompanist, he has appeared in masterclasses given by Amanda Roocroft, James
Gilchrist, Julius Drake and Roger Vignoles - at the RNCM and at the
Britten-Pears Programme for Young Artists in Aldeburgh. He has also benefited
from the advice of renowned song accompanist, Graham Johnson.
Since completing his studies he has appeared on television and radio in Britain,
Greece and Zimbabwe. Michael has appeared as accompanist for song recitals, at
summer schools, and as repetiteur around the UK, in Sweden, South Africa and his
native Zimbabwe. In this capacity, he will appear at summer schools in the
United Kingdom later this year. He has performed the complete music for two
pianos by Rachmaninov and Grainger, with Leslie Howard, in London and Zimbabwe.
Highlights of recent seasons include the world premieres of John McCabe’s song
scene Heloise to Abelard, with Canadian mezzo-soprano Kathryn Whitney, and
Leslie Howard’s The Owl and the Pussycat, Bach’s Concerto in C major for three
pianos and orchestra, and Schubert’s Trout Quintet with members of the Odeion
Quartet and Leon Bosch.
Michael's first solo piano recording (recorded at the Athens Megaron) - Serenata:
A collection of Spanish piano music - is currently in production. Further
engagements in 2013 include solo recitals on cruises around Scandinavia and
Iberia, and song recitals in Athens and London.