Athena Hawksley-Walker

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Athena is a highly skilled and versatile musician from London, trained in both violin and piano and able to perform in a number of genres.

Having just graduated from the University of Oxford with a first-class degree in music, Athena is now studying for an MA in violin performance at the Royal Academy of Music. Athena began playing the violin and piano since the ages of 5 and 6, and joined the Royal College of Music Junior Department at the age of 9. Excelling in both piano and violin, she was invited to become joint first study, and won prizes in violin, piano and music theory, both at the RCM and from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music. In addition, she was awarded Kingston Young Musician of the Year and Richmond Young pianist of the Year and distinction in both violin and piano dipABRSM diplomas. During this time she was a member of the National Children’s Orchestra and subsequently the National Youth Orchestra where she co-led. She has performed solo violin at the Elgar Room, Albert Hall and solo piano, violin and chamber music at the Wigmore Hall, and is a keen chamber musician both as a pianist and violinist. Last year, Athena and a fellow student at Oxford took on the exciting project of performing the complete cycle of Beethoven’s violin sonatas in a series of concerts in the Holywell Music Room. This led to them playing and being interviewed on BBC Radio 3 for ‘In tune’. As well as being classically trained Athena is interested in listening to and performing many different genres of music. She is a member of a three-piece country band, Chameleon Steel, who write original songs. Athena is a skilled improviser in many styles from country to pop to jazz, having studied improvisation at the Royal College for 5 years. She can perform on both acoustic and electric violin, piano and keyboard. Athena is able to provide a performance tailored to the client's needs at weddings, corporate events, or private functions, as well as being available for music videos and session work. She is very happy to accommodate requests for specific pieces.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I can perform with backing tracks
I can perform while walking around a venue
I own a PA system
Classical, Musical theatre, Bluegrass, Country, Jazz, Folk, Pop, Covers, Acoustic, Electronic
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Event types:
Private event, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Fluent sight-reader, Fluent improviser, Perfect pitch, Live looping
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Note: prices may vary based on travel distance. For an exact quote, click “Check availability”.

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£100
Up to 1 hour£160
Up to 2 hours£200
Up to 3 hours£240


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Benjamin N, 3 months ago

Athena Hawksley-Walker has played for numerous concerts that I have been involved with. She is utterly professional in approach, and plays with complete commitment. She is equally dedicated to the music whether she is leading or playing rank and file. I also commend Athena to you as a soloist and chamber musician. She is increasingly experienced in both genres, and will not disappoint., 1 year ago

'Raising the bar for student music-making...Setting new standards for Oxford University's classical music scene with an ambitious project

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