David Walters has over 27 years of experience as a recording engineer and producer of classical and contemporary music and is particularly known for his work in the piano solo repertoire.
A highly skilled and experienced remote location recording engineer and producer, David Walters has contributed to the recorded catalogue throughout a wide range of musical genres. After his undergraduate degree studies at Wabash College in Indiana, he was employed at the Institute of European Studies (IES) in Vienna, Austria, where he continued his study in piano and conducting at the Konservatorium der Stadt Wien and in private piano study with Norman Shetler. He later received his Masters in Music from Northwestern University in 1984. After moving to Berlin in 1987, he entered the Tonmeister program at the Hochschule der Künste which enabled him to bridge his experience in the music performance sphere with that of the commercial production and sound engineering fields. During the years of 1990 through 1997, he worked as a producer and recording engineer for the independent classical music label Dorian Recordings in Troy, New York. He has recorded in venues as far flung as the Aula Magna on the University of Caracas, Venezuela, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and the Cathedral in Oaxaca, Mexico.
David has collaborated with such artists as Ivan Moravec, Midori, Aki Takahashi, Antonin Kubalek, Blair McMillen, Christopher Taylor, Peter Serkin; with the Cuarteto Latinamericano and the JACK, Flux, Arditti and Brooklyn Rider String Quartets; with ensembles as diverse as eighth blackbird, the Argento Chamber Ensemble, Ensemble Signal, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Simón Bolivar Orchestra of Venezuela, Camerata Bariloche, The Four Nations Ensemble; and with conductors Eduardo Mata, Maximiano Valdés, Enrique Diemecke, Keri-Lynn Wilson, and George Marriner Maull. His recordings in the field of new music have been particularly noted, including composer supervised collaborations with George Crumb, Elliot Carter, and Frank Levy. His recordings have appeared on labels such as Dorian Recordings/Sono Luminous, BMG, Chandos, Mode Records, Naxos, EMI, and Orchid Classics.
He received the CHOC Award in 1992 for The Mannerist Revolution performed by Pomerium; the Cannes Classical Awards Editor’s Choice Award in 1995 for Latin American Ballets performed by the Simón Bolívar Orchestra of Venezuela; the Opus Prize in 1998 for Best Chamber Music Recording for Montségur: La Tragédie Cathare performed by La Nef; and the Diapason d’Or in 1999 for Xenakis: Works for Piano, a Mode Records release. He has contributed to American Public Media’s Performance Today’s radio broadcasts, as well as, to WWFM: The Classical Network’s programming of new music and video live streaming broadcasts.
He currently works as a freelance recording producer, engineer, and videographer in New Jersey.