[ Oboe ]

Stephen Taylor

Stephen Taylor, Lecturer in Oboe, holds the Mrs. John D. Rockefeller III Solo Oboe Chair with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and the Lockwood/Bury Principal Oboe Chair with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. He is a solo oboist with the New York Woodwind Quintet, the St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble (for which he has served as co-director of chamber music), the American Composers Orchestra, and the New England Bach Festival Orchestra, and is co-principal oboist of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Among his more than 300 recordings are Bach cantata arias with Kathleen Battle and Itzhak Perlman, and 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 the composer’s A Mirror on Which to DwellSyringa, and Tempo e Tempi, and the U.S. premieres of Carter’s Trilogy for oboe and harp, Oboe Quartet, and A 6 Letter Letter. Taylor’s 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 such popular music festivals as Music@Menlo, Aspen, Sarasota, and Music from Angel Fire. Mr. Taylor plays rare Caldwell model Lorée oboes, and, being obsessed with buoyancy, spends as much time as possible on his old wooden boats in Maine.