JUSTIN TAYLOR

March 18, 2023

Schedule

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  • Date: Saturday, March 18, 2023
  • Concert Timing: Doors open 7:00pm for 7:30pm start. Concert ends ~9pm.
  • Venue: St. Thomas’ Parish Church, 1517 18th St. NW, Dupont Circle, Washington DC 20036
  • Metro: Venue is 5 mins walk from Dupont Circle Metro using Q Street metro exit
  • Parking: 11 Dupont Circle parking garage is 2 mins walk to venue. Flat rate parking fee of $13. Note: garage closes 11:00pm.
  • Covid Protocols: Proof of full vaccination required. Other Covid protocols to be updated 2 weeks before concert

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Seize this opportunity to hear Justin Taylor, one of today’s most lauded young harpsichordists, perform at a Capriccio 2022/2023 Season Highlight concert. Having swept up prizes at Europe’s esteemed harpsichord competitions, Justin now performs in the world’s most prestigious venues and concert halls as soloist, accompanist, and with orchestra. His many recordings consistently garner glowing reviews and awards. Justin is famed for his velveteen touch, faultless technique, effortless virtuosity, and exquisite interpretations.

Justin Taylor’s dazzling concert and recording career began in 2015 when he won First Prize at the Musica Antiqua Harpsichord Competition in Bruges, along with the Audience Prize, the Alpha Classics Prize, and the EUBO Developing Trust Prize. He is famed for his “virtuosic, sensitive, and gourmand interpretations” (Sophie Bourdais, Télérama, 2021).

In 2017, he was nominated as one of the three finalists in the “Instrumental Soloist Revelation” category of the “Victoires de la Musique Classique”. That same year, the Professional Critics Association awarded him the “Musical Revelation of the Year” Prize.

Since then, he has been invited to play in concert halls in Europe: the Paris Philharmonie, the Auditori in Barcelona, the LSO St Luke’s in London, the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, the DeSingel in Antwerp, the Louvre Auditorium, the Roque d’Anthéron Festival, the Radio France Auditorium; in Japan, where his debut in January 2021 at the Oji Hall in Tokyo attracted much attention; and in the United States, in New York and in Washington (Library of Congress, Opéra Lafayette). Justin Taylor has also played with orchestras such as the National Orchestra of Île-de-France, the Royal Chamber Orchestra of Wallonie, the Geneva Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestra of Picardie, the Mannheim Philharmonic Orchestra, the Duisburger Philharmonic Orchestra, the Concert de la Loge, and the Concerto Köln. 

Justin Taylor has already made more than ten recordings, in exclusivity with Alpha Classics. His most recent album, La Famille Rameau, has been praised for his “triumphant virtuosity, tender poetry, and downright miraculous touch” (Classica, May 2021) and has received much additional recognition: FFFF Télérama, CHOC Classica, a “5” from Diapason, a France Musique “Choice”, Le Monde, Le Figaro, L’Obs. . . His discography includes La Famille Forqueray (2016, “CHOC de l’année” Classica, Gramophone Editor’s Choice, Grand Prix from the Charles Cros Academy, Qobuzissime); Continuum, devoted to Scarlatti and Ligeti (Top Five Classical Discs in 2018 for Le Monde); and a fortepiano recording of Mozart’s 17th Concerto with Le Concert de la Loge (2017 CHOC Classica). Justin Taylor also contributed to the Deutsche Grammophon “BACH 333” Collected Works with a triple disc of little-known works by Bach. 

Justin Taylor’s ensemble Le Consort, created with his violinist-friends Sophie de Bardonnèche and Théotime Langlois de Swarte, won the First Prize in 2017 at the Loire Valley International Early Music Competition, whose jury president is William Christie. Their recordings, both instrumental (Opus 1, Specchio Veneziano) and vocal (Venez chère ombre, Royal Handel), were quickly singled out for critical praise. Opus 1, which presented Jean-François Dandrieu’s sonatas for the first time, was awarded the Diapason d’Or for the year 2019. Le Consort is in residency at the Singer-Polignac Foundation, the Banque de France, and Royaumont Foundation.  

Gramophone: “Taylor is a romantic at the keyboard, daring with his agogic accents and subtle rubato, stretching out lines almost but never to breaking point, and infusing the music with an engaging sense of impulsiveness.”

Gramophone: “…With a technique both neat and quick, (Justin Taylor) spins the music in smoothly contoured paragraphs, adding tightly curling ornamentation here and there but without hindering the music’s natural flow and rolling energy.”

SUD-OUEST: Justin Taylor “…is a performer capable of nuances that one suspected were impossible on this instrument and whose science of rhythms shone forth in Forqueray’s harpsichord suites.”

Philippe Venturini: “Justin Taylor has all the qualities needed to triumph…. his skills at bringing out the sound of the harpsichord, his iron-hard technique, his velvet-like touch, and his obvious sense of theatricality.” Choc Classica of the year 2016.

Guido Fischer, Rondo Magazine: “There are many reasons why Taylor, at the prestigious Musica Antiqua Competition in Bruges in 2015, ran off with three of the main prizes… He knows how to draw out all the finesse and clarity of the ornaments, the fury of the attacks, and his way of playing has a seductive charm to it.”

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