Following his studies at the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique de Paris, where he was awarded a “premier prix” for both oboe and chamber music, oboist David Walter gained international acclaim after his successes at the competitions of Munich, Prague, Geneva, Belgrade and Ancona. An eclectic musician; today his knowledge and skills encompass a wide range of activities.
His solo career has brought him to perform in all five continents of the globe.
Chamber music occupies a central focus in his musical life with the Moragues Quintet (founded in 1980), the ensemble Pasticcio Barocco, the pianists C. Zacharias, S. Richter, C. Desert, E. Strosser, C. Ivaldi, J. F. Heisser, M. Dalberto, the Ysaye, Ligeti, Manfred, Endellion, Psophos string quartets, among many other ensembles.
David is also a conductor of music spanning from baroque to jazz, which has given him the opportunity to collaborate with orchestras such as the Mariinsky St. Petersburg, the Simon Bolivar orchestra, the orchestra of Rennes, the Metropolitan Lisbon, the National Orchestra of Ile-de-France (Paris) and the Royal Orchestra of Wallonia.
He is currently professor of oboe and chamber music at the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique de Paris (a post he has held since 1987), as well as having been professor of the same disciplines at the Guildhall School of Music, London from 1997 until 2009. His passion for teaching has meant that he has given masterclasses in more than 40 countries.
The transcription of music represents an important and intense activity for David that has amounted to a catalogue of over 650 works, from sonatas to operas.
He also explores composition in a range of styles. He has now reached his 30th opus, mainly in the genre of chamber music.
His opera La jeune fille sans main, co-written with the dramatist and director Emmanuelle Cordoliani was created in the Opera de Dijon on February 10th 2015.