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 interests 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 string quartet for FLUX, and a sinfonietta for Ensemble Échappé; projects on the horizon include a saxophone quartet for ~Nois and an orchestral work for College of the Ozarks. He has been commissioned by or collaborated with numerous ensembles and musical organizations across the US, including the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, the Minnesota Orchestra, Latitude 49, Alia Musica Pittsburgh, eighth blackbird, Spektral Quartet, Pacifica Quartet, and the Imani Winds.
Phil has earned three BMI Student Composer Awards, including the William Schuman prize, as well as fellowships at 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)