Equally at home in the pit conducting a repertoire of more than fifty operas and musicals or on the stage accompanying some of the world’s preeminent vocalists, Ted Taylor enjoys a varied international career. As pianist he has appeared with such luminaries as Sylvia McNair, Christine Schäfer, Ben Heppner, Kathleen Battle, Eileen Farrell, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Régine Crespin, and Carlo Bergonzi, and as a conductor who has appeared with many American opera companies, he made his New York City Opera debut in 2003 conducting La Traviata. Mr. Taylor has been a member of the conducting staffs of the Metropolitan Opera and Lyric Opera of Chicago and also served as music director of the New York City Opera National Company. In April 2009 he conducted the world premier of Libby Larsen’s Picnic for the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He has recorded for Philips, CRI, BBC Worldwide, and Leonarda labels. In the field of contemporary opera, Mr. Taylor served as assistant to Academy Award-winning composer Tan Dun for the premiere of his first opera, Marco Polo, at the Munich Biennale and prepared the Hong Kong Philharmonic and Tokyo Philharmonic orchestras for subsequent performances. This fall marks his thirteenth year on the faculty of the Opera Program at Mannes College The New School for Music in New York City and his seventh year with the Institute of Sacred Music. He has guest conducted at such music schools as Indiana University and Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. This summer found him teaching for the third time in the University of Houston’s seminar Le Chiavi di Bel Canto, and he returned for his sixth year as master coach for CoOPERAtive at Westminster Choir College in Princeton. Next spring he will return to coach and play at the Metropolitan Opera National Council Grand Final Awards for the third year. A native Texan, he makes his home in Manhattan, where he maintains an active studio as coach and teacher.
B.M. George Peabody College, Vanderbilt University; M.M. Indiana University