George Taylor

George Taylor

Associate Professor of Viola

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Biography

Violist George Taylor is active in practically every aspect of performance as soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician. Taylor is associate professor of viola at Eastman. Before joining the Eastman faculty, he was a member of the Ciompi Quartet of Duke University, a position he held from 1979 through 1986. He has served on the artist faculties of the Encore School for Strings, the Meadowmount School, the Manchester Music Festival, and the Elan International Music Festival, among others. He has also served as a juror for international competitions in Europe and the United States.

George Taylor has given numerous solo recitals and appeared as a chamber musician in concerts throughout the United States and at the Tainan Cultural Center in Taiwan. He was also co-founder and conductor of the St. Stephens Chamber Orchestra (Durham, NC), an ensemble that is still active in performance and recordings to date.

An active advocate for the performance of music by African/American composers, Taylor was a participant in the National Black Arts Festival held in Atlanta, GA. He is also a member of the Black Music Repertory Ensemble, which presents music of African/American composers in concerts throughout the country. Taylor has performed and premiered works written for him by many composers, including Ron Carter, Noel DaCosta, George Walker, David Liptak, and Carmen Moore.

A native of New York City, Taylor attended the Manhattan School of Music where his teachers included Jaime Laredo, Raphael Bronstein, and Burton Kaplan. Further studies on viola were with Michael Tree and Abraham Skernick. Chamber music studies include such notables as Arthur Balsam, Joseph Seiger, Lillian Fuchs, Joseph Gingold, Mischa Schneider, and members of the Guarnari Quartet. He made his recital debut at Carnegie Recital Hall in 1979. Joseph Horowitz of the New York Times wrote: “He is already an unusually accomplished player, with a secure command of the instrument, and an ardent, refreshingly direct style.”

For more information on George Taylor, please visit his website at www.georgetaylorviola.com.