Robin Walker was born in York, England, and attended schools attached to York Minster for ten years. He studied composition at the University of Durham with the Australian composer David Lumsdaine and subsequently taught at the Royal Academy of Music, London, and at the University of Manchester.
In the 1980s he undertook two visits to India to study the Buddhist temple music of the far north and the religious dance music of the south. The rhythmic liberation he experienced as a result of these visits is the most notable element ofDance/Still(1982), a chamber work in two parts which expresses concurrently a ritualised vitality and a religious stillness.
Walker resigned from teaching in 1987 and moved to the Pennine village of Delph in the north of England. His recent output includes works composed for the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, the Hilliard Ensemble and the English Chamber Orchestra. Of these, the 30-minute orchestral workThe Stone Makeris considered to be one of the outstanding achievements in British music of the 1990s.