Phil Taylor (b.1989) writes music that explores ideas about gesture, transformation, and dialogue. A native of Salem, Oregon and a current resident of Boulder, Colorado, his works are often inspired by his interest in observing and capturing phenomena in nature, as well as linguistics, literature, and visual arts. Among his recent projects are a solo violin work for Michiko Theurer inspired by her mixed-media artwork and based on Virginia Woolf’s novel The Waves, a sextet co-commissioned by Latitude 49 and Alia Musica Pittsburgh, and a large-scale concerto for Ensemble Dal Niente harpist Ben Melsky. Upcoming commissions include a string quartet for FLUX to be premiered at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, as well as collaborations with Ensemble Échappé and Ensemble Dal Niente for the 2017-18 season.
Phil has earned three BMI Student Composer Awards, including the William Schuman prize for best score, as well as fellowships at the Minnesota Orchestra Composers Institute, 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)