Thomas Walker, Jr started classical guitar lessons at age 10. Theory classes in college provided his first introduction to the earlier musical vocabulary of counterpoint. After college, he studied jazz guitar independently, but was increasingly captivated by early music, particularly polyphony. He bought his first lute in 1992 and began studies with Phillip Rukavina not long thereafter. Since then Thomas has performed with Phillip, Ensemble Polaris, Consortium Carissimi, the Rose Ensemble, and the Venere Lute Quartet, as well as with lutenists Paul Berget and Edward Martin. He has recorded several CDs, most recently La Superbe, Courante (with Edward Martin), and Stile Moderno/Stile Antico, all available on the Magnatune label.
Thomas served a term as treasurer for the Lyra Baroque from 2003-2006, and currently serves as treasurer for the Lute Society of America. In regular hours he works as a consulting economist for privately-held companies.