What makes you love this?
Music is the language of emotion. It allows us to express the things that cannot be expressed in any other way. Using the language of music to creatively express a feeling, a thought, a picture, an event or anything at all, comes from inspiration and practice.
My goal as a teacher is to provide students with a inspiring learning environment that engages open dialog and encourages excellence. I hope to instill in every student a feeling of wonder for new ideas, and the freedom and strength that comes from learning and discovery.
What's the neatest thing you've done in this field?
Contemporary American classical composer Daniel Walker’s music has been heard on the concert stage, in film and on television, including work for HBO, NBC, ABC, PBS, Bavaria Film and many others.
His classical ballet, Marco Polo: The Last Mission, was premiered by the Shanghai Ballet Company as part of the opening festival of the China’s World Expo in May 2010 and continues to be performed as part of the company’s repertoire.
His five-movement work See Without Looking was commissioned by the Forbidden City Chamber Orchestra in 2016, is inspired by the writings of the Tao Te Ching – focusing on the origin of the world, and the philosophy of “The Way”. It was premiered by the ensemble in March 2017 at the New England Conservatory / Jordan Hall, Boston. A recording of the work was released on August 1, 2017.
Walker’s musical Qing Cheng/Dark City – inspired by the Kowloon Walled City in Hong Kong and the life of its people – was premiered July 20, 2017 in New York as part of the New York Musical Festival for 2017.
Walker writes a monthly review column of notable Los Angeles classical concert performances for the National Center for the Performing Arts Magazine, published by the National Center for the Performing Arts, Beijing, China.