Sally Walker is Lecturer of Flute at the University of Newcastle, Lecturer in Classical Woodwind at the Australian National University, Artistic Director of the Twilight Musical Dialogues Chamber Series and resident Flautist with the Omega Ensemble. 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 for postgraduate study in Germany), 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 Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, NDR Radio Philharmonie Hannover, Kammerakademie Potsdam, Manchester Camerata, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and is a regular Guest Principal with the Australian Chamber Orchestra. She has worked with conductors including Heribert Blomstedt, Riccardo Chailly, Gustavo Dudamel, Sir Simon Rattle and performed in the Festivals of Salzburg, Lucerne, Tanglewood, Edinburgh and the London Proms. Sally is deeply committed to chamber music, with collaborators including Tamara Anna-Cislowska, Aiko Goto, Steven Isserlis, David Greco, Rachel Scott, Simon Tedeschi, and Dénes Várjon. Her Twilight Musical Dialogues series recently featured Flautist/Neurologist Prof. Eckart Altenmüller and Physiotherapist Bronwen Ackermann, with a skeletal visualisation. She has released three CDs with Pianist Philip Mayers, was featured on Sally Whitwell’s Aria-nominated “I was Flying” and on many ACO recordings. She devotes herself passionately to both Early and Contemporary Music, having performed on historical flutes and recorders with Early Music ensembles such as Das Neue Orchester Köln and Neues Bachisches Collegium Musicum as well as Contemporary Music ensembles such as Halcyon. She enjoys collaborating with composers and has premiered works by David Banney, Andrew Chubb, Andrew Ford, Sally Greenaway, Daniel Rojas, Paul Stanhope, Sally Whitwell (Australia), Coco Nelegatti (Argentina) and Knut Müller (Germany).
She has a long standing collaboration with composer Elena Kats-Chernin and in 2015, commissioned 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 and has been performed a number of times subsequently.
She has performed in benefit concerts for MS Australia, Choices Cancer Charity and Leipzig Musicians for Kids with Cancer.