“Walton is as emotionally committed as anyone, and makes a big, beautiful sound while unflinchingly probing to
the very heart of this powerful music”
Noted for his deep, rounded sound with purity of tone and unsentimental style, Jamie Walton has developed an established reputation for his engaging, imaginative performances and uncompromising musicality. A powerfully versatile musician and somewhat of a maverick, Jamie combines a career in both chamber and solo capacities, appearing throughout much of Europe, USA, New Zealand, Scandinavia, Canada, Australia and the UK . Jamie is a member of the Worshipful Company of Musicians and was elected to the Freedom of the City of London, his former home.
Having performed with many of the country’s finest orchestras such as the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Philharmonia, Jamie has also recorded thirteen concertos: three with the RPO and ten with the Philharmonia which include the Dvorak and Schumann under Vladimir Ashkenazy. Further to this, Jamie's discography with Signum Classics extends to much of the sonata repertoire and the complete works for cello by Benjamin Britten, a composer he has always felt a strong affinity with. Jamie collaborated with the director Paul Joyce to make a film about Britten's solo suites which were released on Signum Vision and premiered on Sky Arts.
Chamber music remains at the heart of Jamie’s musicianship and in 2009 he launched the North York Moors Chamber Music Festival which has sold to capacity audiences ever since and shortlisted for a Royal Philharmonic Society Award within two years, nominated again last year. This Festival has premiered works by composers such as their former Patron the late Sir Peter Maxwell Davies and through a world premiere recording inspired the Festival to set up its own record label for chamber music - Ayriel Classical. Jamie is now embarking upon a project to build a recording studio not just for the freedom to record for the label but one available for any artist. Ayriel Studios hopes to open in the summer of 2019.
Jamie was awarded a Foundation Fellowship by Wells Cathedral School for his outstanding contribution to music and was lead Patron and campaigner for Cedars Hall, a new £10 million concert venue there which he helped officially open in October 2016. Jamie will return to Wells in September 2017 to coach chamber music and give masterclasses.
He plays on a Guarneri 1712 and lives on the North York Moors National Park where he combines his passion for chamber music, recording and - as a wine enthusiast and passionate cook - gastronomy.