The Department of Music at Presbyterian College will host the recital of pianist Stephen Taylor in Edmunds Hall on Tuesday, January 23, at 7:30 p.m. Taylor’s program will feature works by Schubert and Debussy. The event is free and open to the public.
Taylor is approaching the thirty-year mark as a professional performer and teacher. As a soloist, Taylor has performed in recitals and with orchestras in the US and Europe. A frequent collaborative performer, he has toured with solo singers, choirs, and instrumentalists across the US and in Germany, Austria, Italy, Vatican City, Scotland, Greece, and Israel.
Taylor lectures frequently for music teacher organizations. He also presents at state and national conferences sponsored by Music Teachers National Association, National Conference on Piano Pedagogy, and Music Educators National Conference. He enjoys adjudicating auditions, festivals, and competitions, and is the author of several articles relating to piano pedagogy. His latest publication is a music review for MTNA’s Music Teacher magazine.
Taylor is currently in his tenth year on the faculty of the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities in Greenville, SC. He teaches all piano-related lessons and coursework. Before, Taylor served for ten years on the piano and pedagogy faculty at the University of South Carolina School of Music.
Taylor has also served on the faculties of the SCGSAH Academy and Discovery programs since their respective inceptions in 1990 and 2004. Former students have attended such institutions as The Juilliard School, Northwestern University, Indiana University, UNC School of the Arts, and many other schools in the region. Current and former students have been prize winners in the Aloha International Piano Competition in Honolulu and in MTNA-sponsored competitions, as well as in many state concerto competitions.
Taylor holds performance and pedagogy degrees from The Juilliard School, the University of Louisville and the University of South Carolina. His major professors at USC included Ania Dorfmann, Lee Luvisi, Max Camp, and Raymond Dudley.