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. Choreographed by José Martinez (Opéra de Paris), the historically based work continues to be performed as part of the company’s repertoire. A unique staging of the ballet was performed in January 2018 at the National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing and it’s most recent performance was in July 2019 in Hong Kong.
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 The show has since been redeveloped with a new script by NYC-based playwright Damon Chua, new songs by Walker and retitled “Last Place on Earth”. Completed in July 2019, the updated show is currently in development for production.
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 serves as Dean of Academic Affairs for the Los Angeles College of Music in Pasadena, CA.