Van Cliburn piano competition winner to perform at Beloit College

Van Cliburn piano competition winner to perform at Beloit College


BELOIT, WI—You can see a performance of grand-scale pianistic genius, technique and musical drama when the Beloit College International Performing Arts Series presents a piano concert featuring the dynamic and celebrated Christopher Taylor at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9 in Eaton Chapel on the Beloit College campus.

Taylor’s bold individuality may never have been more evident than at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 1993, where he took the bronze medal, becoming the first American to place in the event since 1981. The New York Observer comments, “Mr. Taylor is the most fearless, freshest, new interpretive voice in classical music I’ve heard in a long time.” He has dazzled audiences with his riveting performances throughout this country and in Europe, Asia and the Caribbean. In addition to the Van Cliburn competition honors, he was also awarded the Avery Fisher Career Grant in 1996, and last year, an award from the American Pianists Association. In 1990, he was one of the first four recipients of the Gilmore Young Artists Award, a scholarship for exceptionally promising American pianists aged 22 or younger.

Taylor has appeared with many prestigious orchestras including the Saint Louis Symphony, the Atlanta Symphony, the National Symphony, the New York Philharmonic, the Seoul Philharmonic and the Boston Pops. A highlight of his acclaimed career was his performance in New York City in February of last year, when he played Messiaen’s Vingt Regards sur l’Enfant-Jesus, meticulously playing—from memory—176 pages of some of the most difficult and complex music ever written for the piano.

Taylor, whose piano studies began in Boulder, Colo., gave his first solo recital at age 10. Avidly pursuing his career in music, he also managed to fit in an education at Harvard University, graduating summa cum laude in mathematics in 1992

The Boston Globe said of a January 1994 performance, “Taylor played with clarity, accuracy, inexorable rhythmic drive; he also played with a full spectrum of emotion, from rough humor to struggle and striving to religious ecstasy to hard-won real-life serenity. All of humanity was on exhibit in these pictures. Like a vast 19th century novel, Taylor’s performance teemed with characters and with life, and you hated for it to end.”

General admission is $10 ($6 senior citizens, $4 students) and can be purchased at the Neese Theater Box Office between 12:30 and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, or by calling (608) 363-2242.

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