New Dean at Sydney Conservatorium of Music

3 May 2004

One of the world's foremost woodwind performers, teachers and recording artists, Kim Walker, is the new Principal and Dean of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. She will take up the position on 1 July, 2004.

A Scottish/American bassoonist, she is a Professor of Music, and has toured worldwide as a soloist, chamber musician, teacher, and is a celebrated recording artist.

Her appointment was announced today by Professor Gavin Brown, Vice-Chancellor and Principal of
the University of Sydney.

"We are delighted to have attracted an international concert artist who has proved herself in university management," he said. "Professor Walker will bring energy and sophistication to her position".

Not only a world-class performer but also a dedicated teacher and administrator, since 1994 Kim Walker has been Professor of Music at the Indiana University School of Music and given hundreds of master classes around the world. Her prize winning students perform in prestigious orchestral positions and hold important teaching positions around the globe.

Professor Walker has held numerous senior positions at Indiana University including Director of Arts and Cultural Outreach in the Office of the President from 2002 to 2004; Associate Dean of the Arts and Humanities for the Office of the Vice President for Research from 2003 to 2004; an Associate Dean for the Office of Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculties from 1999 to 2003; Professor of Bassoon in the School of Music from 1994 to 2004; Chair of the Woodwind Department from 1996 to 2000; and Artistic Director of the Summer Music Festival 2000.

Professor Walker has directed the major Arts Festival for the City of Bloomington and Indiana University since 2000. Arts Week is a showcase for the best and most exciting work in the creative and performing arts from Bloomington and Indiana University offering world-class, memorable experiences in virtually every style and genre of creative expression.
She is a member of the Corporation for Cultural Improvements and Attractions in Indiana, and has served two terms on the Board of Directors, as well as the Governor's Board for Arts and Economic Development, and the Federal Relations Steering Committee for Research Funding.

After nearly a decade of performing as first bassoon with many of the world's finest orchestras, (London Symphony, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, RAI Torino, l'Orchestra de la Suisse Romande) Kim Walker devoted her time to a rich and compelling solo career. She has appeared at the London Proms, and with major orchestras throughout Europe, Asia, and Australia, working with such conductors as Ashkenazy, Solti, Bernstein, Dorati, Rozhdestvensky, and Knussen. Winner of several international prizes, including First Prize in the Pope Foundation Awards in New York (1992), she has been a frequent guest with the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society in New York, and invited regularly to perform at major festivals around the world, including Marlboro, Ravinia, Sarasota, Lucerne, Schleswig-Holstein, Banff, Sydney, Hong Kong, and Prades.

Her solo discography contains 23 award-winning cds for Decca, Gallo, Collins, and NMC including concertos by Mozart, Strauss, Hummel, Bainbridge and Wolf-Ferrari.

Kim Walker's early training came from the Interlochen Arts Academy and the Curtis Institute of Music in the United States, and the Conservatoire de Musique de Geneve and Basel Scuola Cantorum in Switzerland. She remained in Europe for 17 years, performing internationally and teaching at the Geneva and Lausanne Conservatories. Sol Schoenbach, Roger Birnstingl, William Waterhouse and Marcel Moyse were her mentors and teachers. She holds an Executive Non-Profit Leaders Certificate from the Graduate School of Business, Stanford University.

Professor Walker replaces Professor Sharman Pretty who held the position of Dean and Principal since June 1995 and who recently took up the position as Founding Dean of Creative Arts and Industries at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. During her period as head of the Conservatorium, Professor Pretty oversaw the $145m redevelopment of the historic building in Macquarie St.

Distinguished former students of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music include Richard Bonynge, Richard Tognetti, James Morrison, Simone Young, Roger Woodward, John Harding and Nathan Waks.

Andrew Potter,
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