Nestor Taylor – Compositor
Nestor Taylor was born to a very prominent Greek family, in Melbourne, Australia.
He studied piano, harmony and counterpoint at the Athens Conservatory with George Diamantis and composer, Menelaos Pallantios. He continued his studies at the Royal Academy and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama under Francis Shaw, George Nicholson and Robert Saxton, where he was awarded the following diplomas: ALCM in Conducting, LGSM in Composition, LGSM and GSMD in Choral Composition & Orchestration.
He completed his M.Mus and M.Phil degrees in Composition at Royal Holloway under the supervision of John Woolridge and Peter Wiegold. In 2005, Taylor was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship, which enabled him to carry out research as a composer at Yale University.
Taylor has held the posts of lecturer in Harmony and Composition in the Department of Music Studies of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Lecturer of Music History and Analysis at the State School of Dance & the Greek National Opera Ballet School and Artistic Director at the Central Conservatory of Music in Athens.
He has also served as Head of International Relations, Casting Director and General Artistic Advisor to the Director at the Greek National Opera between 2009 and 2016, whereas now he pursues a professional career as a freelance composer.
Taylor’s music has been extensively performed worldwide. He has collaborated with the NHKSO, the National Philharmonic of Odessa, the Nuova Orchestra Ferruccio Busoni, Tokyo Ensemble, the State Orchestras of Athens and Thessaloniki, the Orchestra of Colors, Camerata Οrchestra of Friends of Music, the Greek Radio Symphony Orchestra, and others.
As a conductor of his own works he has appeared with the Greek National Radio Orchestra and the orchestra and chorus of the Greek National Opera.
Taylor’s concert music includes two piano concertos: Concerto Romantico and Jigsaw, music for large and medium-sized orchestras, such as Pandemonium, Vocalise, The Path of the Archangel, chamber & choral music: On a Ray of Winter Sun, And then it is Dusk (1st prize in the Mediterranean Composers’ Competition in 2002), Lux Aeterna, several song cycles, as well as music for solo piano and other instrumental combinations.
Οne of his most recent creations, is the opera-oratorio Eleni (2019, libretto by Fergus Currie, based on the best-seller of Νicholas Gage) which was commissioned by MidAmerican Productions for Carnegie Hall (due to premiere on March 25, 2021 followed by a series of performances worldwide).