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Sally Walker, Flöte
Philip Mayers, Klavier

(DDD, 49`40")

Werke von Johann Sebastian Bach, Georg Friedrich Händel, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Robert Schumann, Max Reger und andere.

Flautist Sally Walker has been hailed by the press as "a young master of both the early wooden as well as the silver flute…atmospheric, fine musicianship" (Hamburger Rundschau); "a godly flexibility and colouring in her most soul-stirring tone formation … breathtaking musicality" (Die Rheinpfalz); (The Canberra Times). 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 awarded the Ian Potter Foundation Cultural Award, the DAAD German Government Scholarship and the Queen's Trust Prize. She has performed with orchestras including the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Kölner Kammerorchester, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, City of Birmingham Orchestra, Sydney Symphony and the Deutsche Kammerakademie Neuss, working with conductors including Sir Simon Rattle, Sir Roger Norrington, Riccardo Chailly and Gustavo Dudamel. She has been a guest with Early Music ensembles such as the Leipzig Chamber Orchestra, Neues Bachiches Collegium Musicum, Das Neue Orchester Köln and Contemporary Music groups such as Halcyon and Ensemble Offspring. She is deeply committed to chamber music and has collaborated with Pianists Philip Mayers, Ian Munro, Gabriella Pusner; Cellists Steven Isserlis, Rachel Scott and Geoffrey Gartner; Singers Jenny Duck-Chong, Alison Morgan, Chris Allan and Paul McMahon; Guitarists Anthony Field and Giuseppe Zangari, Harpsichordist Rosalind Halton, Organist Philip Matthias and Singer/multi-instrumentalist Afro Moses. Sally has performed in over twenty countries and numerous composers have dedicated works to her, including Michael Askill, Jim Chapman, Andrew Ford, Elena Kats-Chernin, Knut Mueller, Coco Nelegatti, Colin Spiers and Paul Stanhope. Recently, she premiered Andrew Ford's piece "Once upon a time there were two brothers..." at the Melbourne Festival with the Shanghai String Quartet. She is Lecturer in Flute at the University of Newcastle and has been a guest lecturer in Germany, Ireland and Argentina. In February 2014 she shall perform with the Haga Duo and teach in Sweden.

Philip Mayers was born in Australia. He graduated with distinction from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music in Brisbane, having studied piano with Max Olding, and went on to complete a post-graduate diploma at the Conservatorium's Opera School. The following three years were spent as a freelance musician throughout Australia and New Zealand, performing with various ensembles specialising in contemporary music such as Flederman and Australia Ensemble, at the same time maintaining close relationships with the state and national opera and ballet companies. In 1986 he won the piano prize in the national concerto competition "Young Performer of the Year" and a year later was awarded a grant by the Australia Council which enabled him to study lied and chamber-music with Phillip Moll in Berlin and take part in masterclasses with Dalton Baldwin and Geoffrey Parsons. Further studies with Zelma Bodzin in New York followed. Now based in Berlin, Philip Mayers is much in demand as a pianist, chamber music partner, accompanist and vocal coach, performing with Werner Hollweg, Karan Armstrong, Anna Prohaska, Albrecht Mayer and Sonia Wieder-Atherton. He has appeared at major festivals such as Montreux, Aldeburgh, Wratislavia Cantans (Poland), the London Proms Late Night series, Schleswig-Holstein, La Roque d'Anthéron, La Chaise-Dieu, the Berliner Festspiele and even, with his ensemble Blue Noise, the April Spring Festival in Pyongyang. Numerous radio and CD recordings attest to his versatility, including several prize-winning discs with RIAS-Kammerchor and Cappella Amsterdam for harmonia mundi, and with the Rundfunkchor Berlin for Coviello Classics. His interest in opera has continued and has resulted in engagements as Musical Director with companies such as the Berliner Kammeroper (most notably conducting the world premiere of Lera Auerbach’s a cappella opera "The Blind"), Opernfestival Schloss Rheinsberg, the Berlin Konzerthaus and, most recently, for Maerzmusik (Berliner Festspiele) and the Schwetzingen festival. He regularly coaches singers who are appearing at Bayreuth, Staatsoper Berlin, Cologne, Covent Garden, Paris Bastille, Bordeaux and numerous other leading houses. Philip Mayers is also increasingly known as a composer and arranger, not only in serious music but also in the world of cabaret and popular music. With the English cabaret singer Mary Carewe he has appeared throughout Britain, Australia and continental Europe, for example at the Paris Théatre du Chatelet, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Alicante Contemporary Music Festival and the Riga Wintermusic Festival, and recorded their recently released CD "Serious Cabaret" for Orchid Classics.