Jamie Walton – Violoncello
Jamie Walton was born in Germany but moved to the UK at an early age. He won a scholarship to Wells Cathedral School in a period which, he says, remains at the soul of his music making. His first inspirational cello teacher was Margaret Moncrieff, and he was one of the last students of William Pleeth who found him to be ‘a cellist of outstanding performance ability… he is a musician of great integrity’. With another scholarship, at the Royal Northern College of Music, he won the prestigious Pierre Fournier Prize.
Jamie is both soloist and chamber musician. He has recorded much of the cello repertoire including Britten’s complete works for cello, and ten concertos with the Philharmonia Orchestra, including those of Dvořák and Schumann with Vladimir Ashkenazy.
He is the Founder and Artistic Director of the North York Moors Chamber Music Festival which he launched in 2009. He is a member of the Worshipful Company of Musicians and has been elected to the Freedom of the City of London. He has also recently been awarded a Foundation Fellowship by Wells Cathedral School for his outstanding contribution to music.
Jamie plays on a Guarneri dated 1712.