Saxophonist Matthew Taylor forges a brave new path for his instrument by honoring the musical traditions of the past and promoting today’s most cutting-edge compositions.
He has played concerts throughout the United States and Europe with such ensembles and artists as the National Symphony Orchestra and National Symphony Pops at the John F. Kennedy Center, the Orchestre du ballet and the Orchestre Choeur d’enfants de Bordeaux in southern France, Frank Sinatra Jr, Quincy Jones, The Temptations, Patti Austin, Marvin Hamlisch, JoAnn Falletta, and Linda Eder, not to mention numerous recital, chamber music, lecture, and conference appearances, including the World Saxophone Congress.
While earning his master’s degree at the University of Maryland, he founded TEMPO, a new music group that collaborates with dancers and theatre technicians to create exciting multimedia concerts. Today, TEMPO remains one of the DC area’s most vibrant new music ensembles. Matthew also frequently performed with Great Noise Ensemble, the Wammie Award-winning contemporary music ensemble based in Washington, DC.
He studied contemporary chamber music and saxophone with world-renowned saxophonist Marie-Bernadette Charrier in Bordeaux, France. While in France, Matthew participated in masterclasses with Henri Pousseur, Henri Bok, and Quatuor Habanera. His frequent collaborations with Thierry Alla, Etienne Rolin, Patrick Mélé, Federico Tarazona, and Juan Arojo resulted in numerous world premiers in France, Slovenia, and the United States.