Jamie Walton - Cello
“What has impressed me so much with regard to this account of the Dvořák [Concerto] is the openness of conception between soloist and conductor [Vladimir Ashkenazy] .... the result is a truly symphonic utterance, the tempos perfectly judged and everything placed at the service of the composer; here is music-making of rare quality.”
Robert Matthew-Walker / International Record Review, April 2013
Jamie Walton, the young ‘cellist, was born in Germany before moving back to the UK at an early age. Noted for his rich, powerful sound with purity of tone and emotionally engaging performances he was one of the great William Pleeth’s last students who said of him: “He is a cellist of outstanding performance ability. Combining warmth of tone with a technical command that reaches dazzling proportions, he leaves little doubt as to the success that lies ahead of him - he is a musician of great integrity whose performance give great pleasure” and has already been compared by some reviewers to great ‘cellists of past times with his distinctive sound and clean interpretations marking him out as a true individualist. Jamie plays on a Guarneri instrument dated 1712.
Jamie Walton has performed concertos with London Philharmonic and Philharmonia Orchestras and makes his debut with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in ‘13/14. He recently performed the Lutosławski concerto in Poland and made his Finnish debut in June ’13 with Bloch’s Schelomo plus Bach and Britten Suites at the Riihimäki Summer Concerts Festival. He gives his S American debut playing Schumann’s concerto with the Santiago de Chile SO in autumn ’14. He has already appeared throughout much of Europe, the USA, New Zealand, Australia and the UK playing concertos, recitals and giving broadcasts in some of the world’s most eminent venues. As a recording artist for Signum Records he has recorded ten concertos with the Philharmonia Orchestra in London, including those of Dvořák and Schumann with Vladimir Ashkenazy, and recently in Russian repertoire with Okko Kamu and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. He is also recording a great deal of the chamber repertoire for Signum to significant critical approval and July ‘13 sees the release of Britten’s Solo Cello Suites recorded at the Britten Studio, Snape Maltings, as well as a film about the Suites from Blythburgh Church for release on DVD later in the year.
Jamie Walton is as passionate about chamber music as he is with concerto work and has performed in many of the world's great concert halls in both capacities, working and recording for many years with pianist Daniel Grimwood, leading to invitations, for example, from Lorin Maazel to play at his Chateauville Foundation in Virginia, USA, and to perform for HRH The Prince of Wales. The Washington Post review by Robert Battey after his debut with Finghin Collins in January ‘13 for The Phillips Collection said: “Walton is a major cello talent. He sports a particularly strong left hand — dead-center intonation and a wonderful, lithe vibrato that’s alive in every register. Though relatively young, he plays with the dignity and reserve of a well-seasoned artist.” His activities as a player are accompanied by his role as Founder and Artistic Director of the North York Moors Chamber Music Festival which he started in 2009. The festival has exceeded all expectations in selling out every year and is now established as an annual event during the last two weeks of August with its artistic excellence reflected when, in summer 2011, being shortlisted by the Royal Philharmonic Society in the festival category of its ‘Concert Series and Festivals’ award.
Jamie Walton won a scholarship to Wells Cathedral School in a period which he says remains at the soul of his music making and where his first inspirational ‘cello teacher was Margaret Moncrieff before continuing his studies with William Pleeth and, with another scholarship, at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester where he won the prestigious Pierre Fournier Prize. 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.