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George Walker (Composer)

Born: 27th June 1922, Washington, D.C., U.S.A

Died: 23rd August 2018, Montclair, New Jersey, U.S.A

Nationality: American

George Theophilus Walker was an American composer, pianist, and organist, who was the first African American to have won the Pulitzer Prize for Music. He received the Pulitzer for his work Lilacs in 1996.

Walker was married to pianist and scholar Helen Walker-Hill (May 26, 1936 – August 8, 2013) between 1960 and 1975.

Further Reading: Walker, George

Interview, Remembering George Walker on his centenary

With a cycle of Walker's Sinfonias underway from the National Symphony Orchestra, the composer's son Gregory and conductor Gianandrea Noseda reflect on his legacy.

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