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Kirsten Taylor


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Teaching Biography

     Kirsten Taylor has been an instructor of piano for over 25 years.   Her teaching career began in High School where she taught beginning piano students in her home town of Pittsburgh.  As a Masters student she was offered the graduate student teaching assistantship at the University of Michigan.  Ms. Taylor subsequently spent three years in London where she worked with famed piano teacher, Maria Curcio-Diamond.  She received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from The Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University where she studied with Leon Fleisher.

     Ms. Taylor was a frequent lecturer for the Smithsonian Institute's 'Resident Associate' Program, and has also given Master Classes and Lecture-Recitals around the US.   She has had a private class of piano students in Severna Park since 2000.  Her extensive backround makes her ideally suited for more advanced students,  yet she is equally at home with beginners and intermediates.  Ms. Taylor has been with Music & Arts since 2010.


Performing Biography


     Kirsten Taylor has gained recognition as a leader in the new generation of American women pianists.  The New York Times has described her playing as “varied, colorful, and impressive,” while the Washington Post wrote, “She is a pianist of great power and delicacy who phrases a singing line exquisitely and shows a keen sense of larger structures.” Sought after as both soloist and chamber musician, Ms. Taylor is especially noted for her unique and riveting performances of the works of Johannes Brahms.  A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Ms. Taylor performed Mozart’s Concerto in d minor at the age 11 with the Pittsburgh Symphony orchestra. That same year Ms. Taylor also performed on the Pittsburgh Concert Society Series, and at 16 she was one of the youngest winners of the Passamaneck Awards Auditions.  She has since appeared throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia to enthusiastic critical acclaim.  Ms. Taylor has performed in such venues as Carnegie’s Weill Hall,  the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts,  Wigmore Hall in London and the L’Opera Comique in Paris.  Engaged in the promotion of contemporary music,  Ms. Taylor has comissioned and premiered works by such eminent composers as William Albright, Ty Alan Emerson, Jonathan Leshnoff and John Anthony Lennon. A gifted chamber musician, Ms. Taylor has performed with soprano Phyllis Bryn-Julsen, cellist Janos Starker and has been guest artist with the American Chamber Players.  She frequently concertizes with her husband,  classical saxophonist Gary Louie.  Their recording, “Pastorale” was released on the Newport Classics label.  Ms. Taylor earned her Bachelors and Masters degrees with Phi Beta Kappa distinction from the University of Michigan where she studied with Louis Nagel and Theodore Lettvin.  She was a pupil of Maria Curcio-Diamond in London, and completed her Doctor of Musical Arts degree with Leon Fleisher at the Peabody Conservatory of Music.

Press Quotes

“Taylor took the spotlight with Chopin’s dramatic and technically demanding Ballade in f Minor, Op. 52, and three of the seven little pieces in Brahm’s Op.116 - carefully chosen selections that pointed up the resemblances as well as the contrasts between these two archetypically Romantic composers. She is a pianist of great power and delicacy who phrases a singing line exquisitely and shows a keen sense of larger structures.”

     The Washington Post


“In the more predictable moments of these works, the ear cast about for anything of interest and found it in Ms. Taylor’s varied and colorful playing . ."Impressive. ."

     The New York Times


“One possessed of technical assurance and personal poise."

     The Pittsburgh Press


“Subtle and sensitive at the keyboard . . . she performs with clarity and expressiveness."

     The Cleveland Plain Dealer


“She had something to say in every measure."

     The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


“She clearly likes to work with strong partners on equal terms. The lid of Kirsten Taylor’s instrument was fully raised, which allowed the pianist’s imaginative, spirited playing playing to make the performance of the Poulenc all the more persuasive."

     The Baltimore Sun


“Taylor showed that she is an exceptional pianist with a wonderfully focused technique."

     The Washington Post


“Miss Taylor has a great deal of technical prowess, and plenty of power."

     The Santa Barabra News Press



“Totally absorbed in her communion with four works apt to daunt lesser
artists, she frequently played with her head tilted heavenward, eyes, closed, yet impeccably attentive to shifts in dynamics.”

     The Journal Newspapers (Washington, D.C.)


“Miss Taylor’s exemplary support contributed significantly to this account. However dense the writing her phrasing remained clear, and she realized the sonorous piano part without ever becoming heavy handed.”

     The Strad (London, England)


“Kirsten Taylor’s sparkling virtuosity won the hearts of the full house attending her recital. Her beautiful articulation filled the hall with a panorama of sound.”

     The Montgomery Journal

“The flow of the musical lines was uninterrupted and the build to Mozart’s perfectly developed statement was immaculate.  A knock-out performance!”

     The Grosse Pointe News

“Taylor demonstrated strong technique and a good grasp of the composers’ intentions. Her interpretation showed a perfect understanding of a difficult, yet quite accessible and deceptively simple modern composition.”

     The Washington Post


“ . . . . a skill and sensitivity that should ensure continuing success."

     The London Times

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