At the age of only twenty-three, the Franco-American musician Justin Taylor won First Prize in 2015 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 three finalists in the “Instrumental Soloist Revelations” category in the 2017 “Victoires de la Musique”. That same year, the Professional Critics Association awarded him the “Musical Revelation of the Year” Prize. This April, Justin will release a new album : La Famille Rameau (Alpha).
Ever since childhood, Justin Taylor has played both the piano and the harpsichord with passion. After studying both instruments in Angers, his hometown, he continued his studies, at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique of Paris, with Roger Muraro for the piano, and with Olivier Baumont and Blandine Rannou for the harpsichord.
Justin Taylor has already made more than ten recordings. His first solo disc, La Famille Forqueray: Portrait(s) (Alpha Classics, 2016), received worldwide praise and was awarded a Gramophone Editor’s Choice, a “Choc de l’année” from Classica magazine, and a Grand Prix from the Charles Cros Academy. His second solo disc, Continuum (Alpha Classics, 2018), devoted to Scarlatti and Ligeti, was chosen by the daily newspaper Le Monde as one of the top 5 classical discs in 2018. As gifted for the fortepiano as for the harpsichord, he has recorded Mozart’s 17th concerto (K 453) with Le Concert de la Loge (a disc that received a “Choc” from Classica). He was also chosen to record a double disc of previously unknown or little-known Bach works for the BACH 333 collected works issued by Deutsche Grammophon in 2018. He has given solo concerts at the Louvre Auditorium, at the Roque d’Anthéron Festival, at the “Folles Journées” in Nantes, and in countless European cities. During the 2019-2020 season, he will give his first concert in Japan (Tokyo, Oji Hall) and return to the United States (Washington, San Diego), where he also gave a concert in 2018. He has played with many orchestras, including the National Orchestra of Île-de-France, the Royal Chamber Orchestra of Wallonia, the Geneva Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestra of Picardie, and the Mannheim Philharmonic Orchestra.