Prominent American Pianist Christopher Taylor will present a guest recital during the Luther College Dorian Keyboard Festival at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9 in the college's Noble Recital Hall in the Jenson-Noble Hall of Music.
The guest recital is open to the public with no charge for admission.
The Dorian Keyboard Festival is a three-day music event for piano students that includes student performances, masterclasses and a guest recital.
In addition to the Taylor recital, other events open to the public include:
· Ryan Mix, Luther's keyboard technician, will present a masterclass program from
3:30-4:15 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10 in the Noble Recital Hall on the basics of how a piano is built and maintained.
· At 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10 there will be two simultaneous recitals featuring students whose earlier performances were given high honors. The recitals will take place in the Noble Recital Hall and the Choir Room in the Jenson-Noble Hall of Music.
· The final honor recital is at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10 in the Noble Recital Hall.
· Taylor will work with six of Luther's piano majors in a masterclass from 12-3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11 in the Noble Recital Hall.
Throughout the day students are given the opportunity for personal performances and critiques from Luther faculty and guest critics, ending with the opportunity to observe Taylor in a masterclass.
Taylor currently serves as an associate professor of piano performance at the University of Wisconsin in Madison.
More recently, Taylor has concertized around the globe, performing throughout Europe and in Korea, the Philippines and the Caribbean. He has appeared across the United States with such orchestras as the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Detroit Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Houston Symphony and The Boston Pops, and has toured with the Polish Chamber Philharmonic.
As a soloist he has performed in such venues as New York's Carnegie and Alice Tully halls, Washington's Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Ravinia and Aspen festivals, and dozens of others.
His first recording, released by Jonathan Digital in 2000, featured works by present day American composers William Bolcom and Derek Bermel. His most recent recording, Liszt's "Twelve Transcendental Etudes," was released in 2003 on the Liszt Digital label.
Numerous awards have confirmed Taylor's high standing in the musical world. He was named an American Pianists' Association Fellow for 2000. 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 became one of the first recipients of the Irving Gilmore Young Artists' Award.
A diversely skilled individual, Taylor graduated summa cum laude from Harvard in 1992 with a specialization in mathematics while pursuing his musical career. He has also coauthored a philosophy article that is featured in the Oxford Free Will Handbook, created a compiler for a new programming language and enjoys biking as his primary mode of transportation in the Madison, Wis. area.