Carlos Walker is a twenty-year-old violist who started playing violin in the public school system at the age 10. After starting violin in Albany, New York, he soon moved to Florida where he attended performing arts middle and high schools and participated in his local youth symphony orchestra. During these years, he loved playing violin and performed concerti with his youth orchestra and performing arts schools. At the age of 17, at a local summer music festival, he found his love for viola playing Barber String Quartet and has since had a variety of accomplishments such as winning local concerto competitions, being principal viola in the 2020 FMEA All-State Concert Orchestra, and being accepted into the 2020 National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America. Now, Carlos is in his 2nd year at the McDuffie Center for Strings where he is continuing his studies in Viola with Rebecca Albers and Victoria Chiang. As a passionate chamber musician, Carlos has had the opportunity to perform Shostakovich Octet alongside the Cavani Quartet among other chamber opportunities. Outside of this, Carlos enjoys giving lessons with Through the Staff, a nonprofit that gives lessons to kids who need them but may not be able to afford them, as well as vegan cooking and baking.