Walker’s classical ballet, The Last Mission of Marco Polo, was premiered by the Shanghai Ballet Company as part of the opening festival of the China’s World Expo in May 2010. The historically based work continues to be performed as part of the company’s repertoire – the most recent staging of the work performed in November 2017, Shanghai.
His five-movement work See Without Looking, commissioned by the Forbidden City Chamber Orchestra in 2016, is inspired by the writings of the Tao TeChing – 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. QC Playbill NYMF 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.
Daniel Walker holds a PhD from the University of California Los Angeles. He taught composition and film scoring at the Cornel School of Contemporary Music in Los Angeles, and served as Dean of the school from 2011 to 2018. Many of Dr. Walker’s students have been accepted into notable graduate programs and are engaged in developing professional careers.