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The past few years have seen CHRISTOPHER TAYLOR emerge as one of the nation’s foremost young musicians. Numerous awards have confirmed Taylor’s high standing in the musical world. Most recently he was named an American Pianists’ Association Fellow for 2000, before which he received an Avery Fisher Career Grant in 1996 and the Bronze Medal in the 1993 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition (where he was the first American to receive such high recognition in 12 years). In 1990 he took first prize in the William Kapell International Piano Competition and also became one of the first recipients of the Irving S. Gilmore Young Artists’ Award.
In recent seasons Taylor has concertized around the globe, performing in France, Korea, Spain, the Philippines, and the Caribbean. At home in the U.S. he has appeared with such orchestras as the New York Philharmonic, the Detroit Symphony, the St. Louis Symphony, the Atlanta Symphony, the Houston Symphony, and the Boston Pops, and has recently toured with the Polish Philharmonic. As a soloist he has performed in such venues as New York’s Carnegie and Alice Tully Halls, Washington’s Kennedy Center, and dozens of others. His most recent recording features works by present-day American composers WiIIiam Bolcom and Derek Bermel.
Christopher Taylor owes much of his success to several outstanding teachers, including Russell Sherman, Maria Curcio-Diamand, Francisco Aybar, and Julie Bees. In addition to performing, he is currently Assistant Professor of Piano Performance at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. His extra-musical activities include mathematics (in which field he received a summa cum laude degree from Harvard University in 1992), philosophy, computing, linguistics, and biking.
He makes his Los Angeles Philharmonic debut on these concerts.