Taylor has been teaching privately for over a decade.
University of Wisconsin – Madison, B.M. (2013).
The Juilliard School, M.M. (2015)
Taylor’s past teachers include Ana Ruth Bermúdez, Timothy Eddy, Parry Karp, Ronald Melby, Wyatt Sutherland, Uri Vardi, and Carina Voly. He has been a featured soloist with multiple orchestras, including the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, performing Ludwig van Beethoven’s Triple Concerto, Ernest Bloch’s Schelomo, Antonín Dvořák’s Cello Concerto, and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme. In addition to his solo playing, Taylor is an avid orchestral musician; he is the former assistant principal cellist of the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra and former principal cellist of The Juilliard Orchestra.
Originally from Mequon, Wisconsin, Taylor began studying the cello in 1999 at the age of nine, and within a few years became principal cellist of the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra’s Senior Symphony and Chamber Orchestras. He held these positions from 2005 to 2008, during which time he won several music competitions, including the UW–Milwaukee Young Artist Competition in 2007, the Civic Music Association of Milwaukee’s High School Showcase Competition in 2007 and again in 2008, and the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra’s Young Artist Competition in 2008. Also, Taylor received the Artistry Award from the Prelude Music Academy in 2007 and MYSO’s Leadership Excellence Award in 2008.
As a student at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, Taylor was selected to perform in master classes conducted by Malcolm Bilson, Alban Gerhardt, Wu Han, Ralph Kirshbaum, Ronald Leonard, Amit Peled, Samuel Rhodes, and Patrick Strub. In 2010, Taylor won the UW–Madison Concerto Competition and was granted the opportunity to perform as soloist with the University’s Symphony Orchestra. Also that year, Taylor was selected by UW–Madison’s music faculty to be the cellist of the University’s Perlman Piano Trio – a chamber music scholarship position he held until his graduation in 2013. While at The Juilliard School, Taylor had the privilege to work under conductors Alan Gilbert, Vladimir Jurowski, Fabio Luisi, and Jeffrey Milarsky as well as receive chamber music instruction from Seymour Lipkin, Nicholas Mann, Samuel Rhodes, Noam Sivan, and Vivian Weilerstein.
Taylor currently plays on a Raymond Schryer cello made in 2007; his bow was made by Matthew Wehling in 2016.