Oboe, Orchestral Performance Program (College)
Stephen Taylor is one of the most sought-after oboists in the country. He holds the Mrs. John D. Rockefeller Solo Oboe Chair with Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and the Lockwood/Bury Principal Oboe Chair with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. 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 of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. His regular festival appearances have included Spoleto, Aldeburgh, Caramoor, Bravo! Vail Valley, Menlo, Music from Angel Fire, Norfolk, Santa Fe, Aspen, and Chamber Music Northwest. Among his more than 300 recordings are Bach Arias with Kathleen Battle and Itzhak Perlman, and Elliott Carter’s Oboe Quartet, for which he 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”. He 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. Mr. Taylor has collaborated with the Vermeer, Shanghai, Orion, American, and Artis-Vienna String Quartets, among others.Trained at The Juilliard School, he is a member of its faculty as well as of the Yale and Manhattan schools of music. Mr. Taylor 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.