Dr. Christopher Walton


Dr. Christopher Walton Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter

  • Address Berner Fachhochschule
    Bern Academy of the Arts
    Papiermühlestrasse 13a
    3014 Bern


  • Head of SNF research project Cultural relations between Switzerland and South Africa, 1948–1994


  • Richard Wagner (1813-1883)

  • Othmar Schoeck (1886-1957)

  • Swiss music history

  • Romanticism in music, 1810-1950

  • Music in South Africa


  • Chris Walton studied at the universities of Cambridge, Oxford and Zurich, and was a Humboldt research fellow at Munich University. He was head of Music Division at the Zentralbibliothek Zürich from 1990 to 2001, thereafter Professor and Head of Music at the University of Pretoria, from 2008 to 2011 managing director of the Biel Symphony Orchestra, and is today an honorary professor at Africa Open Institute (Stellenbosch University) and heads a research project of the Swiss National Science Foundation at the Bern Academy of the Arts. He also lectures in music history at the Music Academy in Basel. He has published widely on German, Swiss and South African music.
  • 1990-2001 Leiter der Musikabteilung Zentralbibliothek Zürich
  • 2001-2008 Professor University of Pretoria
  • 2008-2011 Managing Director Biel Symphony Orchestra
  • 2011- Dozent Musikhochschule Basel
  • 2017- Honorary Professor University of Stellenbosch
  • 2016- Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter Hochschule der Künste Bern
  • 1981-1984 MA Cambridge University
  • 1984-1988 Dphil Oxford University
  • 1989-1990 Postdoc Munich University
  • 1988 MA Oxford University




Supervised theses

Language skills and intercultural knowledge

  • English - Native or bilingual proficiency
  • French - Professional working proficiency
  • Afrikaans - Professional working proficiency
  • German - Full professional proficiency