Oklahoma City University News
Christopher Taylor, Van Cliburn Pianist, to Perform at OCU
Van Cliburn medalist Christopher Taylor will be guest artist at the Civic Music Association concert 3 p.m. Sunday, March 29, in Kirkpatrick Auditorium at Oklahoma City University. Tickets are available at the door or in advance from (405) 947-4307.
Audiences and critics hail Taylor’s intensity and artistry on works from Bach and Beethoven to Boulez and Bolcom. The Washington Post calls him "one of the most impressive young pianists on the horizon today," and The New York Times labeled a recent performance "astonishing."
Taylor was named an American Pianists' Association Fellow for 2000 and won an Avery Fisher Career Grant in 1996. He won the Bronze Medal in the 1993 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, the first American to receive such high recognition in 12 years. In 1990. He won the William Kapell International Piano Competition, and became one of the first recipients of the Irving Gilmore Young Artists' Award.
In recent seasons, Taylor has performed throughout Europe and in South Korea, the Philippines, and the Caribbean. In the United States, he has appeared with the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Detroit Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Houston Symphony, and Boston Pops, and has toured with the Polish Chamber Philharmonic. As a soloist, he has performed in Carnegie and Alice Tully halls, Washington's Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Ravinia and Aspen festivals, and dozens of others.
His first recording released by Jonathan Digital in 2000 featured works by William Bolcom and Derek Bermel. His most recent recording, Liszt's Twelve Transcendental Etudes, was released on the Liszt Digital label.