Carlos Walker is a nineteen-year-old violist who started playing violin in the public school
system at the age 10. After starting violin in Albany, New York, he soon moved to Florida where he attended performing arts middle and high schools and participated in his local youth symphony orchestra. During these years, he loved playing violin and performed concerti with his youth orchestra and performing arts schools. At the age of 17, at a local summer music festival, he found his love for viola and has since had a variety of accomplishments such as winning local concerto competitions, being principal viola in the 2020 FMEA All-State Concert Orchestra, and being accepted into the 2020 National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America. Now, Carlos is in his first year at the McDuffie Center for Strings where he is continuing his studies in Viola with Rebecca Albers and Victoria Chiang while taking courses to enhance his love of mathematics. As of now, Chamber music is Carlos’ real passion as he has had the opportunity to collaborate with the Cavani Quartet playing the Shostakovich Octet. This summer, Carlos will be attending the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival, and Encore Chamber Music Festivals. Carlos also believes it to be his responsibility to give back, so he also volunteers with an organization called Through The Staff, which provides free lessons to those who cannot afford them.