Walter Gray has performed as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Far East and Europe, including performances in Moscow, Odessa, Zagreb, Seoul and Tokyo.
He was a founding member of the Kronos Quartet and for over five years presented hundreds of concerts including numerous world premieres. He has continued to be a new music enthusiast, performing with the New Performance Group, Quake and Music of Remembrance. Many recordings followed, which include those of composers John Cage, Paul Schoenfield, Jake Heggie, Chinary Ung, Paul Dresher and Janice Giteck. Gray’s expanded contemporary music adventures have included working with Pearl Jam, Dave Mathews Band, Queensrÿche, Heart and David Lanz. As a record producer Gray has worked for the London Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Northwest Chamber Orchestra, New Hampshire Music Festival, and numerous solo and chamber musicians.
Gray grew up in Seattle and San Francisco, and is a graduate of Lowell High School. He was a member of the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra, and studied cello with Raymond Davis and Robert Sayre. He then attended the Curtis Institute of Music and Tanglewood, where his primary teachers and coaches included Orlando Cole, Eugene Lehner, Mischa Schneider, Felix Galimir and members of the Guarneri String Quartet.
A member of the Seattle Symphony since 1979, Gray has performed as soloist with the orchestra several times. Of one such performance, The Seattle Times wrote, “Gray played with his usual intensity and flair … the cello’s lyrical possibilities are realized.”
He has taught at the State University of New York at Geneseo, Mills College, Cornish College of the Arts, Western Washington University, the University of North Texas and Seattle University. In the summer he makes regular appearances at the Olympic, Marrowstone, New Hampshire and Grand Teton music festivals.
Outside of work, Gray is an avid runner, hiker, sailor, and sometimes even a bowler and golfer!