James Taylor

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Professor in the Practice of Voice and Coordinator of the Program in Voice: Early Music, Oratorio, and Chamber Ensemble

With an extensive repertoire ranging from the medieval period to the twenty-first century, tenor James Taylor devotes much of his career to oratorio and concert literature. As one of the most sought after Bach tenors of our time, he has maintained a close relationship with conductor, Helmuth Rilling and the International Bach-Academy Stuttgart, performing and teaching master classes worldwide. He has been a juror and consultant for the International Bach-Competition Leipzig, and in 2008, he debuted with the New York Philharmonic singing the Evangelist in Bach’s St. Matthew Passion under the direction of Kurt Masur. His career has taken him throughout the United States, South America, Japan, Korea, Israel, and to virtually all the major orchestras and concert halls of Europe, where he has performed with conductors such as Blomstedt, von Dohnányi, Harding, Harnoncourt, Herreweghe, Jacobs, Koopman, Labadie, Rilling, Suzuki, Welser-Möst, Nézet-Séguin, Norrington, and Vänskä. James Taylor is a frequent recitalist and has performed with such collaborators as, Helmuth Deutsch, Irwin Gage, Donald Sulzen, Paul O’Dette, and Stephen Stubbs. His artistry has been documented on no fewer than forty professional CD and DVD recordings for labels such as Sony, Hänssler, harmonia mundi, and Naxos; and through numerous television and radio broadcasts in the United States, Canada and abroad. He joined the Yale faculty in 2005 and serves as coordinator for the voice program in Early Music, Art Song and Oratorio. 

B.Mus. Texas Christian University; Master’s Diploma, Hochschule für Musik, Munich

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