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Tenor James Taylor devotes much of his career to the oratorio and concert literature and is one of the world’s most sought-after Bach Evangelists. His career has taken him throughout the United States, South America, Japan, and Israel, and to virtually all the major concert halls of Europe including the Concertgebouw, Musikverein, and the Royal Albert Hall.
In recent seasons, Mr. Taylor made his New York Philharmonic debut in the Bach’s Saint Matthew Passion led by Kurt Masur, bringing a “sweet, light yet penetrating voice to the role of the Evangelist” (The New York Times). In addition to returning there for Handel’s Messiah, other highlights included Mendelssohn’s Elijah with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Berlioz Requiem with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Mozart’s Requiem with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Hans Graf and the Houston Symphony, and Bernard Labadie and the Colorado Symphony. In Europe, he sang Bach’s Christmas Oratorio with Helmuth Rilling in Leipzig, Berlin, Stuttgart, and Essen; Mendelssohn’s Paulus with Masaaki Suzuki in Utrecht and with Helmuth Rilling in Milan; and Emilio in Mozart’s Il sogno di Scipione with Harnoncourt and Concentus Musicus Wien in Vienna.
James Taylor can be heard on over 30 recordings. For Hänssler, he has recorded Dvorak’s Stabat Mater, Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, Magnificat, St. John Passion; and Handel’s Messiah with Helmuth Rilling. On the Harmonia Mundi label he has recorded Bach’s Easter Oratorio, Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis and Mendelssohn’s Paulus under Philippe Herreweghe. New releases include Britten’s War Requiem with Helmuth Rilling for Hänssler; the Mozart Requiem with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra led by Andreas Delfs on Limestone Records; Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis with the Nashville Symphony on the Naxos label; and the rarely heard Baroque opera Ariadne by Johan Georg Conradi with the Boston Early Music Festival led by Paul O’Dette on ArkivMusik.
A native of Houston, Mr. Taylor attended Texas Christian University as a student of Arden Hopkin. A Fulbright Scholar, he studied at the Hochschule für Musik in Munich, where he graduated in 1993 with a Meisterklassendiplom. He is an associate professor of voice and coordinator of the vocal track in early music, oratorio, and chamber ensemble at the Yale School of Music.