Stephen Taylor is co-principal oboe at Orpheus, solo oboe at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and principal oboe of the St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble, Orchestra of St. Luke’s and the New England Bach Festival at Marlboro. He has also held the principal chair with the Casals Festival Orchestra under Zubin Mehta, American Symphony, Spoleto Festival Orchestra and the Aspen Festival Orchestra.
During the summers, Mr. Taylor can be found “festival-hopping” around the country, including the Caramoor Festival, Chamber Music Northwest, Bravo! Colorado Music Festival, Bridgehampton Music Festival and Music from Angel Fire.
Mr. Taylor was born in 1949. He is currently solo oboist with two internationally renowned contemporary music ensembles: Speculum Musicae and the American Composers Orchestra. Mr. Taylor is closely involved with contemporary music and has regularly premiered the works of its most exciting composers, most notably, André Previn’s song cycle Honey and Rue in its 1992 world premiere, and Elliott Carter’s Trilogy for Oboe and Harp in its 1993 U.S. premiere.
A 1974 graduate of the Juilliard School, Mr. Taylor studied with Lois Wann and Robert Bloom. His academic life has included positions on the faculties of the State University of New York at Purchase and Brooklyn College. Mr. Taylor currently holds artist-in-residence status at Columbia University as a member of Speculum Musicae and serves on the faculties of the Manhattan School of Music and SUNY Stony Brook. The Fromm Music Foundation at Harvard University awarded him a performer’s grant in 1981.
Stephen Taylor can be heard on over 200 recordings, with such diverse labels as R.C.A., Columbia, Nonesuch, Vox, C.R.I., New World, Musical Heritage and Deutsche Grammophon records. In addition J.S. Bach’s Concerto for Oboe and Violin and Concerto for Oboe d’amore on the Music Masters label, his solo recordings include a set of Handel arias, Bach Sinfonias and the Marcello Oboe Concerto for Columbia Records. Mr. Taylor’s other recent recorded performances include Aaron Copland’s Quiet City for both Musical Heritage and Deutsche Grammophon.