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James Taylor
James Taylor

D108055   D 108 055
J. Haydn: The Seasons
DVD-Video & Bonus Material
D108055   B 108 056
J. Haydn: The Seasons
2CD-box & Bonus CD
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James Taylor was born in Dallas, Texas, where he was a vocal arts student of Arden Hopkin at Christian University. As a Fulbright scholar, the singer then attended the University of Music and Performing Arts in Munich as a student of Adalbert Kraus and Daphne Evangelatos. After his time as a member of the Opera Studio of the Bavarian State Opera, he had opera engagements at the Théâtre de la Monnaie in Brussels, the Staatstheater Stuttgart, the Boston Early Music Festival, the Schwetzinger Festspiele, and the Innsbruck Festival of Early Music, to name but a few. Since the winter semester of 2005/2006, James Taylor has been holder of the chair of Oratorio and Lied at Yale University.

As an internationally sought after oratorio singer, the main focus of his work lies within concert music. The range of his repertoire documents his engagements of the past years: The world premiere of Levin’s completion of Mozart’s "Mass in C Minor" at Carnegie Hall in New York, his debuts in Bach’s "Magnificat" in Los Angeles, Bach’s "Mass in B-Minor" in San Francisco, "Elijah" by Mendelssohn in Seattle, Franz Schmidt’s "The Book With Seven Seals" and Haydn’s "Creation" with the Cleveland Ochestra conducted by Franz Welser-Möst, Bach’s "Christmas Oratorio" and Britten’s "Horn Serenade" in Hamburg, tours with the RIAS Kammerchor in France and Portugal featuring Handel’s "Solomon" and "Messiah", and with the Concentus Musicus Wien conducted by Nikolaus Harnoncourt featuring Bach’s "St. John Passion", his concerts with the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks conducted by Hartmut Haenchen and the Vienna Philharmonic conducted by Daniel Harding featuring Bach’s "St. Matthew Passion", the cooperation with Philippe Herreweghe in Beethoven’s "Missa Solemnis", Mendelssohn’s "St. Matthew Passion" and "St. Paul", as well as his recording of "Elijah" with the Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig conducted by Herbert Blomstedt.

For his debut as Handel’s "Jephtha" with the Berliner Philharmoniker conducted by Nikolaus Harnoncourt in 2002, he was celebrated by both the audience and the press. For many years, the singer has been maintaining a close personal and professional relationship to Helmuth Rilling and Enoch zu Guttenberg.