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Justin Taylor


The Franco-American musician won, at just 23 years old, the First Prize of the prestigious international harpsichord competition of Bruges (Musiqua Antica International Competition Brugge). He also won the Audience Prize, the Alpha Prize and the EUBO Developping Trust Prize awarded to the most promising young European Baroque musician. Justin is nominated for the 2017 Classical Music Victories in the Instrumental Soloist Revelation category. That same year, the Professional Critics Association awarded him the Musical Revelation Prize. From a very young age, Justin Taylor has practiced the piano and the harpsichord with passion. After studying these two instruments in parallel in Angers, his hometown, Justin continued his career at the CNSM in Paris in the classes of Roger Muraro for the piano, Olivier Baumont and Blandine Rannou for the harpsichord. His first solo disc, released in September 2016 by Alpha, paints a musical portrait of the Forqueray family. This disc was awarded with a CHOC of the year Classica, a Gramophone Editor's Choice, a Grand Prix of the Charles Cros Academy, a Qobuzissime.

Just as comfortable on the pianoforte as on the harpsichord, Justin Taylor recorded the 17thst Mozart concerto with Julien Chauvin and his orchestra Le Concert de La Loge (CHOC Classica, Aparté label, released in September 2017). He will be in residence at BOZAR in Brussels for the 2017/2018 season. The young musician has been heard in recital at the Festival de la Roque d'Anthéron, at the Folle Journée de Nantes, at the Auditorium du Louvre and in many European cities. We will find Justin Taylor in concertos with the Orchester Royal de Chambre de Wallonie (Frank Braley), the Orchester de Chambre de Genève or the Orchester de Mannheim. Among the upcoming recordings, two releases are planned at Alpha: a second solo harpsichord disc, and a French cantatas disc with Le Consort & Eva Zaïcik.

With his ensemble Le Consort, he won the First Prize and the Audience Prize at the 2017 International Competition of Ancient Music of the Loire Valley, chaired by William Christie. In residence at the Singer-Polignac Foundation, the young musicians of the Consort perform as varied as complementary repertoires: sonatas in baroque trio, vocal repertoire with mezzo-soprano Eva Zaïcik, and classical chamber music with pianoforte. Justin Taylor is supported by the Safran Corporate Foundation.

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