Walter began his studies in his native Iowa at age 9. He is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music and did graduate studies at Indiana University. His teachers have included Paul Katz and Janos Starker. His playing has been described as “beautifully expressive” and having “color, warmth, and freedom” in New York Concert Review magazine.
Walter became a member of the Chicago Lyric Opera Orchestra in 1988. He has played three seasons as Acting Assistant principal cello and one season as Acting Principal.
As a teacher, he maintains a private teaching studio and has taught at Lawrence University and Interlochen Arts Camp. He has performed chamber music extensively at festivals in the U.S. and Europe. As a soloist, he has appeared with many orchestras including a performance at the Pablo Casals Festival in Prades, France.
He and his wife Stephanie (a violinist) have three sons, all string players.
“I feel fortunate and grateful to be a member of the Lyric Opera company because of its tradition of a commitment to excellence.