Justin Taylor

Musician

Aged only 23, Franco-American musician Justin Taylor won the First Prize at the prestigious International Musica Antiqua Harpsichord Competition in Bruges, obtaining in addition the Audience Prize, the Alpha Prize, and the EUBO Developing Trust Prize awarded to the most promising young European musician. He was later nominated as one of the finalists in the Instrumental Soloist Revelations category at the 2017 Victoires de la Musique. On that same year, the Professional Critics Association awarded him the Music Revelation of the Year Prize. Ever since childhood, Justin Taylor has been playing both the piano and the harpsichord with much passion. After studying these instruments in Angers, his hometown, he continued his studies at the Music Conservatory of Paris, with Roger Muraro (piano), and with Olivier Baumont and Blandine Rannou (harpsichord). His first solo disc, drawing a portrait of the Forqueray family (Alpha Classics, 2016) was awarded a Choc de l’année by Classica magazine, a Gramophone Editor’s Choice and a Grand Prix by the Charles Cros Academy.

As gifted on fortepiano as harpsichord, he has recorded Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 17 with Julien Chauvin and Le Concert de la Loge Orchestra (Aparté, September 2017) that received a Choc by Classica. He has been in residence at BOZAR (Brussels) in 2017/2018. Taylor performed in recital at the Roque d’Anthéron Festival, the Folles Journées of Nantes, the Louvre Auditorium and in various other European cities. He has performed concertos with the Royal Chamber Orchestra of Wallonia (Frank Braley), the Geneva Chamber Orchestra, the Mannheim Philharmonic Orchestra. He has recently recorded another harpsichord solo disc and an album devoted to French cantatas, together with Le Consort and the mezzo-soprano Eva Zaïcik.

With his ensemble, Le Consort, Justin won the First Prize and the Audience Prize in 2017 at the Loire Valley International Early Music Competition. In residence at the Singer-Polignac Foundation, the young musicians of Le Consort perform varied and complementary repertoires: trio sonatas, the vocal performances with mezzo-soprano Eva Zaïcik, and classic chamber music with the piano. Justin Taylor is sponsored by the Safran Foundation.