Dick's Forum

                     A Little Background

 

 A violinist, fiddler, and pianist who plays in a variety of genres, from classical to country and western. Dick Walker started violin lessons at age seven and at age fourteen taking classical lessons from John Coppin, a member of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Inspired by the playing of that teacher, he began practicing three to four hours each day, began giving recitals, and served as the concertmaster for his teacher's orchestra, The Montebello Symphony. After high school, he began a career in law enforcement, and completed a B.A. in psychology in 1981 at California Baptist University. In the 1990s, Walker resumed music study at the University of Redlands, where he completed his Master of Music in Performance. he was elected to membership in Pi Kappa Lambda a music honors society. For eight years he played in the Redlands Symphony Orchestra under the direction of conductor Jon Robertson. He has performed in orchestras supporting Natalie Cole, Ray Charles, and the Moody Blues. Walker also returned to his family's musical roots in country music by becoming an adept fiddler and mandolin player. Since 1996 he has played with Wedgwood trio, a group that plays sacred folk and country music. With them he has toured Australia, New Zealand, Canada and throughout the United States. He enjoys a reputation as one of South Texas' finest musicians, is in demand as a performer, and among other venues teaches at the Antonio Strad violin shop in San Antonio, Texas. He is a member of the country music band which Geronimo Trevino III leads, and with them has opened concerts by country music stars including Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Ray Price, and others. He performs frequently with Tim Porter, guitarist, and Gary Hatch, bassist, as the Dick Walker Trio. His artistry on the fiddle, violin, viola, mandolin and piano is featured on a number of recordings. Walker also performs and records with composers John Boyd and Roy West.