African-American composer George Walker was born on June 27, 1922 in Washington, D.C. At age 14, Walker held his first public recital. That same year, he was admitted to Oberlin Conservatory in Oberlin, Ohio.
Walker became the first black instrumentalist to present a debut recital in Manhattan's Town Hall, a historical landmark venue known to host countless cultural and musical milestones. He has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Baltimore Symphony.
In 1956, Walker became the first black to receive a doctoral degree from the Eastman School of Music.
He is the first Black to win the Pulitzer Prize for Music for his work Lilacs in 1996.
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