Born in Paris in 1958, David Walter has pursued an original career: after obtaining First Prize in oboe and chamber music at the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique de Paris (Paris Conservatoire), he quickly gained recognition outside of France by winning five international prizes one after the other in Ancona, Prague, Munich, Belgrade and Geneva. Despite this impressive record, he did not choose to pursue a solo career and has preferred to focus on chamber music and teaching, which he deems richer in human values
His chamber music activities include first and foremost playing with the Quintette Moragues, of which he is a founding member (1980) : together they have won the Grand Prize of the Nouvelle Académie du Disque and were nominated for the first Victoires de la Musique Classique. His other partners include S. Richter, C. Zacharias, M. Dalberto, P. Rogé, A. Planès, G. Nicolic, M.A. Nicolas, C.M. Le Guay, Yuki Nakajima, Nicolas Angelich, C. Désert, E. Strosser, P. Ayrton and the Sine Nomine, Endellion, Manfred and Parisii string quartets. He played as a soloist with the Simon Bolivar orchestra, the Stavanger orchestra Guildhall String Orchestra, The Sofia Soloists, l’Orchestre d’Auvergne, l’Orchestre de Chambre de Toulouse, The Lituanian Philharmonic, le Filarmonica et l’OSSDRE from Montevideo etc.
David Walter was only 29 years old when, owing to his enthusiasm and dedication to teaching, he was appointed the youngest-ever oboe and chamber music professor at the renowned Paris Conservatoire. He has also taught at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama from 1997 to 2010, and regularly gives numerous masterclasses all over the world.
In an attempt to enrich the relatively limited oboe repertoire, Mr. Walter has proved himself a tireless and authoritative transcriber : to date he has made more than 550 arrangements, and many of which are now well known. He also encourages new works by young composers such as Gilles Raynal , Gilles Silvestrini or Thierry Escaich, and is himself a composer (30 works to date).
David Walter’s experience of group performance has led him naturally to conduct orchestras and ensembles such as the Metropolitan Lisboa, the Orchestre de Bretagne, the Orchestre d’Auvergne Orchestra, The Orchestre Royal de Wallonie or the l’Orchestre National de l’Ile de France.