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Violinist LYNDON JOHNSTON TAYLOR comes from a family of musical excellence. While his parents performed as duo pianists, he and his siblings concertized as the Taylor String Quartet, appearing extensively throughout the United States and abroad, including performances at over 50 colleges and universities, and on national radio and TV in Great Britain, Sweden, and Norway. While in secondary school, Taylor received training from America’s top string quartets.
Taylor earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry and obtained graduate training in medicine and cell biology in preparation for a career in medical research. But after two years in an MD-PhD program, he recognized his passion for music and obtained a teaching position at the University of Redlands. He completed the Master of Music degree from California State University Northridge and the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree at the Juilliard School under the direction of Dorothy DeLay, where he received the Fritz Kreisler Scholarship. Taylor has been the recipient of numerous honors and awards, among them the Coleman Chamber Music Award, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago Soloist Auditions, the Joseph Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, the Lipizer International Competition (Italy), and the 2000 Adventist Alumni Achievement Award for the Arts.
Taylor’s orchestral career began as concertmaster of both the Redlands and Riverside symphony orchestras. He was also a member of the Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia. From 2007-2011, Taylor served as Assistant Concertmaster for the New Zealand Symphony. He is now Principal Second Violin of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, which affords him the privilege of playing their 1728 “Perkins” Stradivarius violin.