When he was only twenty-three years old, the young French-American musician Justin Taylor won First Prize at the Musica Antiqua International Harpsichord Competition in Bruges, Belgium. He also received the Audience Prize, the Alpha Prize (for a recording under this prestigious label), and the European Union Baroque Orchestra Developing Trust Prize, which is awarded to the most promising young European baroque musician. Ever willing to share his love of music in public, Justin Taylor performs as a soloist on the harpsichord and the pianoforte, and plays chamber music with the Taylor Consort.
Justin Taylor began studying the harpsichord at the age of eleven in his hometown, Angers, with Françoise Marmin. His passion for this instrument induced him to continue his studies with Olivier Baumont and Blandine Rannou at the CNSM (Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique) of Paris, to which he was unanimously accepted in 2011. In order to enhance his approach to the harpsichord, he studied piano with Roger Muraro at the CNSM of Paris, and he has also earned the superior degree in musical analysis at the same institution.
From the onset of his studies, Justin Taylor was invited to participate as the harpsichordist in concerts directed by Vincent Dumestre, Patrick Cohën-Akénine, and Julien Chauvin. His love for the baroque chamber music repertory incited him to create The Taylor Consort, an ensemble now in residency at the Singer-Polignac Foundation in Paris. In addition, his duo with the violist Salomé Gasselin won second prize in the International Chamber Music Competition in San Ginesio (Italy) in 2014. He was selected as the harpsichordist for the OFJ-B (Orchestre Français des Jeunes—Baroque) for the year 2015.
As a soloist, Justin Taylor has played at the Paris Philharmonie with the Orchestre National d’Île de France, at the Hôtel de Soubise in Paris (the Young Talents Festival), at the Rendez-Vous de Rochebonne, as well as at Les Invalides, where he interpreted C.P.E. Bach’s double concerto for harpsichord and pianoforte. The young harpsichordist has already performed on several France Musique radio programs, such as Génération Jeunes Interprètes (Gaëlle Le Gallic) or L’air des lieux (Stéphane Grant).This year, he will perform in many European cities, including Cambridge, Brussels, Antwerp, Potsdam, Stockholm, and Paris. His first solo recording, with the Alpha label, draws a portrait of the Forqueray family.