Biography

 

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.

 

His first disc appeared at Alpha in September 2016. Devoted to the Forquerays (“La Famille Forqueray: Portrait(s),” Alpha Classics, 2016), it received much international attention, including the award of a Gramophone Editor’s Choice, a “Choc de l’année” from the magazine “Classica,” a Grand Prix from the Charles Cros Academy. As gifted for the fortepiano as for the harpsichord, he has recorded Mozart’s 17th concerto (K 453) with Le Concert de la Loge : this disc was released at Aparté in September 2017 (Choc Classica). Justin has also recorded a double disc of Bach works for Deutsche Gramophone for the BACH 333 integral. His second disc, Continuum, devoted to Scarlatti and Ligeti, will appear in May 2018. Justin Taylor records exclusively for Alpha Classics.

 

Justin Taylor has indeed not neglected the chamber music repertory. With his ensemble, The Consort, he won the First Prize in 2017 at the Loire Valley International Early Music Competition, whose jury president is William Christie. In residency at the Singer-Polignac Foundation, the young musicians of The Consort interpret repertories that are as varied as they are complementary: Baroque trio sonatas, vocal music with the mezzo-soprano Eva Zaïcik (2nd Prize Queen Elisabeth), and classical chamber music with the fortepiano. He is sponsored by the Safran Foundation.

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