Alan Walker: A Prosopography

pros·​o·​pog·​ra·​phy | \ ˌprä-sə-ˈpä-grə-fē  \

: a study that identifies and relates a group of persons or characters within a particular historical or literary context.

MUSICOLOGIST ALAN WALKER CELEBRATES 50 YEARS IN CANADA

“{His} is now the best biography of Chopin — meticulous, scholarly and well-told.” -Washington Post 2018

A documentary chronicling the life and times of celebrated classical music author Alan Walker will be released to mark the U.K- born Hamiltonian’s half century in Canada and his 92nd birthday.

Alan Walker: A Prosopography was produced by Brott Music Artistic Director Boris Brott, who has known the UK-born author and academic since before both their arrivals on a burgeoning classical music scene in Hamilton, Ontario 50 years ago. Dr. Walker took his place as Chair of McMaster University’s emergent Music Department shortly after Brott arrived from New York City to become the dynamic young Maestro of the City’s Philharmonic Orchestra.

Sponsored By

Ontario Arts Council
City of Hamilton

Details & Tickets

Date

On Now
Until
August 2, 2021

Time

24/7
On
Demand

Location

Virtual
Streaming
Online

Price

$10 CAD
per Household
(includes taxes)

Performers

 Alan Walker
Boris Brott, producer

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Repertoire & Program Notes

Alan Walker is a bestselling author, former BBC radio producer, internationally sought-after lecturer. His fascinating biographies of great composers have been lauded by The Sunday Times, The Economist, The NY Times, and the BBC. He is one of the world’s pre-eminent experts on Frederic Chopin and Franz Liszt, both of whom are subjects in his groundbreaking, exhaustive and engrossing portraitures.

He received Hungary’s highest national honour for his work on Liszt alongside numerous other awards and honours for his life’s work.  His acclaimed 2018 work Frydryk Chopin: A Life and Times made many Editors’ year end lists around the world and stood alongside John Grisham on the New York Times bestseller list. He is the founding artistic director of The Great Romantics Festival. 

During the current pandemic lockdown, Brott persuaded Walker – who has never put pen to paper on the subject of himself – to relate his life’s story in video format.  The resulting two-part 90-minute video autobiography features Walker reminiscing about his early childhood in Lincolnshire UK, his military service, his growing love of music, his stint as a pianist producer at the BBC and his journey into musical academia.  

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