At the age of only 23, Franco-American Justin Taylor won first prize at the prestigious International Musica Antiqua Harpsichord Competition in Bruges in 2015, also obtaining the audience, Alpha and EUBO Developing Trust prizes awarded to the most promising young European musician. He was later nominated as one of the three finalists in the Instrumental Soloist Revelations category in the 2017 Victoires de la Musiqu” on the national France 3 television channel. That same year, the Professional Critics Association awarded him the Musical Revelation of the Year Prize.
Ever since childhood, Justin Taylor has played both the piano and the harpsichord with passion. After studying both instruments in Angers, his hometown, he continued his studies at the CNSM (Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique) in Paris, with Roger Muraro for the piano and with Olivier Baumont and Blandine Rannou for the harpsichord.
His first disc appeared on the Alpha label in September 2016. Devoted to the Forquerays (“La Famille Forqueray: Portrait(s),” Alpha Classics, 2016). It received much international attention, including a Gramophone Editor’s Choice, a Choc de l’année from the magazine “Classica”, and a Grand Prix from the Charles Cros Academy. As gifted on the fortepiano as on the harpsichord, he released a disc of Mozart’s 17th concerto (K 453) with Le Concert de la Loge on the Aparté label in September 2017 (Choc Classica). He held a residency at BOZAR in Brussels in the 2017/2018 season. Justin Taylor has given solo concerts at the Roque d’Anthéron Festival, at the Folles Journées in Nantes, at the Louvre Auditorium, and in many European cities. He will soon perform with the Royal Chamber Orchestra of Wallonie (with Frank Braley), the Geneva Chamber Orchestra, and the Mannheim Orchestra.
Among his recent recordings are two new discs: a new solo harpsichord disc (Scarlatti / Ligeti) with Alpha Classics, and a Bach disc with Deutsche Gramophone in January 2018.
Justin Taylor has not neglected chamber repertoire. With his ensemble The Consort, he won the first prize in 2017 at the Loire Valley International Early Music Competition, the jury of which was chaired by William Christie. In residency at the Singer-Polignac Foundation, the young musicians of The Consort interpret repertoire as varied as it is complementary: Baroque trio sonatas, vocal music with mezzo-soprano Eva Zaïcik, and classical chamber music with the fortepiano. Justin Taylor has performed and been interviewed on several classical music shows on national radio stations such as France 3, France Musique, and RTBF-Musiq3. He is sponsored by the Safran Foundation.