- Chris Walton
(b Eschweiler, April 16, 1936). Swiss pianist, singer and composer of German birth. She studied the piano in Cologne and Vienna, won major prizes in Germany and Austria, and has performed throughout Europe. After marrying the Swiss composer Urs Peter Schneider she moved to Switzerland, where she was appointed to teach at the Berne Conservatory. She is a member of the Berne contemporary music group Ensemble Neue Horizonte. As a singer one of her principal interests is experimental improvisation. She began to compose in the 1970s and many works have been recorded by Swiss radio. Her compositions include the opera Das Tanzlegendchen (1990), a Concerto grosso for strings (1987–8), Der Tod des Empedokles for two pianos with ensemble or orchestra ad lib (1992) and a considerable number of chamber works.