BRANT TAYLORArtistic Director, Rush Hour Concerts
Brant Taylor’s varied career includes solo appearances and collaborations with leading chamber musicians throughout North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia, as well as orchestral, pedagogical, and popular music activities. After one year as a member of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, Mr. Taylor was appointed to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra by Daniel Barenboim in 1998.
In Chicago, Mr. Taylor’s recital appearances include the Dame Myra Hess Concerts, First Monday Concerts, the Ravinia Festival’s Rising Stars recital series, and regular live radio broadcasts from the studios of WFMT. He has also appeared with the Chicago Chamber Musicians and on the contemporary chamber music series MusicNow. Mr. Taylor is the Consulting Artistic Director of Rush Hour Concerts, an organization committed to free public access to high-quality music.
Upon completing graduate school, Mr. Taylor was cellist of the award-winning Everest Quartet, prizewinners at the Banff International String Quartet Competition and the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition. A former member of Miami’s New World Symphony, Mr. Taylor has returned to appear as soloist with that orchestra under the batons of Michael Tilson-Thomas and Nicholas McGegan, as well as to teach and participate in audition training seminars.
A fan of many styles of music, Mr. Taylor had a seven-year association with the band Pink Martini. With this unique ensemble he has appeared on “Late Night with Conan O’Brien”, “The Late Show with David Letterman”, at the Hollywood Bowl with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and in nightclubs and theaters across North America. He can be heard on Pink Martini’s studio release, “Hey Eugene.”
Mr. Taylor is a member of the faculty of DePaul University’s School of Music. He has given guest master classes and written articles on a wide variety of topics related to pedagogy and music performance. Mr. Taylor holds a Bachelor of Music degree and a Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music, where he won the school’s Concerto Competition and performed as soloist with the Eastman Philharmonia. His Master of Music degree is from Indiana University. Mr. Taylor’s primary teachers have been Janos Starker and Paul Katz.