Stephen Taylor

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A member of the Sarasota Music Festival faculty since 2016

Stephen Taylor holds the Mrs. John D. Rockefeller III Solo Oboe Chair with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. He is solo oboist with the New York Woodwind Quintet, the Orchestra of St. Luke's, the St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble (for which he has served as co-director of chamber music), the American Composers Orchestra, the New England Bach Festival Orchestra, and is co-principal oboist with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.  Among his more than 300 recordings is Elliott Carter's Oboe Quartet for which Mr. Taylor received a Grammy nomination. He has performed many of Carter's works, giving the world premieres of Carter’s A Mirror on Which to Dwell, Syringa, and Tempo e Tempi; and the US premieres of Trilogy for Oboe and Harp, Oboe Quartet, and A 6 Letter Letter. His recording of Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante with Orpheus was named “Best New Classical Recording” by Stereo Review. Mr. Taylor is entered in Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities and has been awarded a performer's grant from the Fromm Foundation at Harvard University. Trained at The Juilliard School, he is a member of its faculty as well as of the Yale and Manhattan schools of music. He summers at popular music festivals, plays rare Caldwell model Lorée oboes, and being obsessed with buoyancy, he spends as much time as possible on his old wooden boats in Maine.