Phil Taylor writes music steeped in kinetic motion, gestures, lyricism, and dialogue. A native of Salem, Oregon and a current resident of Boulder, Colorado, his works are often inspired by exploring and observing phenomena in nature, linguistics, literature, and visual arts. Among his recent commissioned works are a sinfonietta for Ensemble Échappé, a saxophone quartet for ~Nois, and a solo violin piece for Michiko Theurer’s Circling the Waves multimedia project. He has been commissioned by or collaborated with numerous ensembles across the United States, including the Minnesota Orchestra, FLUX Quartet, Playground Ensemble, Latitude 49, Alia Musica Pittsburgh, eighth blackbird, Spektral Quartet, Pacifica Quartet, and the Imani Winds.
Phil has been recognized by BMI with multiple awards, and his music has been featured at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Copland House CULTIVATE, the Aspen Music Festival and Wellesley Composers Conference. He holds a Ph.D. in composition from the University of Chicago, where his teachers included Augusta Read Thomas and Shulamit Ran.
Curriculum Vitae (updated March 2017)