Violinist Urs Walker won first prize at the Expo music competition in Lausanne and first prize at the Jecklin chamber music competition in Zurich in 1970. He studied with Ottavio Corti and Nicolas Chumachenko and took part in master classes with Leonid Kogan, Arthur Grumiaux and Nathan Milstein, among others.
He gained further training and infuences in Israel in the 1970s. Urs Walker played as a soloist and chamber musician in all European countries, the Middle East, the USA, Canada, Australia, Argentina, Russia and China as well as at important festivals such as Gstaad, Lucerne, Salzburg, Vienna, Witten, Schwetzingen, Bruxelles, Warsaw and Barossa. From 1974 to 1988 he was a member of the New Zurich Quartet. In 1992, together with other personalities from the Swiss musical scene, he founded the Collegium Novum Zurich, which in 1998 was awarded the Siemens Cultural Foundation Prize. Since 2010 he has been performing more concerts and recordings
with the inclusion of live electronics, especially and repeatedly in Freiburg i. Br. (Experimental Studio SWR2) as well as in Karlsruhe (Center for Art and Media), Coburg (Technical University) and Ljubljana (Slovenia). Urs Walker taught at the Kantonsschule Zürich Nord (violin and viola) and at the Hochschule der Künste Zürich (musical analysis, variant subject new music) until 2018/2019. He is also in demand as an organizer and lecturer in master classes for winners of the Swiss Youth Music Competition (SJMW).
Urs Walker is featured on the following titles
17 years after the release to wide critical acclaim of David Joseph’s album Selected Works Volume 2. Now, Works for String Orchestra presents previously un-released recordings gloriously remastered for this new album.