10.13.17 Gessner-Schocken Concert Series: Christopher Taylor

Edward M. Pickman Concert Hall, 8:00 pm

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"Those who know the pianist Christopher Taylor tend to speak of him in the hushed, reverent tones typically reserved for natural wonders if not the otherworldly. Colleagues trip over words like "innocence," "fervor," "beauty" and "vision" in an attempt to capture his elusive personality. Critics praise his virtuosity, his cerebral interpretations tempered by an aching tenderness, his unconventional programming and his advocacy of late-20th-century music." So goes the opening of the recent New York Times preview article about this remarkable young American pianist, an artist pursuing a varied and truly acclaimed career.

Taylor's expansive concerto repertoire which runs from Bach to Vaughan Williams, includes the Lutoslawski Concerto which he recently performed with the Milwaukee Symphony to very strong press: "precise playing and interpretive conviction....Taylor's performance was commanding, fiercely punctuated and full of physical power." Milwaukee Journal Sentinel