Benjamin Taylor Benjamin Taylor
The music of composer Benjamin Taylor (b. 1983) has been performed in England, Scotland, France, Chile, Hawaii and throughout the continental United States at music festivals including the Society of Electroacoustic Music in the United States National Conference, Spark Festival of Electronic Music and Arts, Society of Composers National Conference, International Society of Bassists Conference, International Double Reed Society Conference, Noisefloor Festival, New Music Hartford Four Seasons Concert Series, Hawaii Contrabass festival, Gamma-UT New Music Festival and international jazz festivals in Edinburgh, Wigan, Marlborough and Birmingham.
Mr. Taylor's prizes and honors include a 2011 BMI Student Composers Award, a 2011 ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Award, First Place Winner of the 2008 SCI/ASCAP Student Composition Competition (Region VII), First Place Co-winner of the 2008 International Society of Bassist’s Composition Competition (media division), and First Place in the 2009 Vera Hinckley Mayhew Creative Arts Composition Contest. In June of 2010, Mr. Taylor was honored to participate in the Omaha Symphony New Music Symposium where he studied with Joseph Schwantner.
Recent commissions include works for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra Civic Wind Symphony, the Brigham Young University Symphony Orchestra, Yann Dubust (bassist in the Orchestre de Paris), Jacqueline Leclair and the Bowling Green State University Oboe Quartet, Gamelan Kusuma Sari, Gamelan Bitang Wahyu, and Synthesis Jazz Big Band. Mr. Taylor's compositional activities have been supported by grants from the Mid-American Center for Contemporary Music, Pro Musica, the Laycock Center for Creative Collaboration in the Arts, the Office of Research and Creative Activities at Brigham Young University, and the Oscarson Discovery Grant Foundation.
Commercial recordings of three of Mr. Taylor's works, High Road, Concerto por Trombonito and The White Cliffs of Dover (arr.), are found on the Tantara Record label on a CD titled, “High Road” (Tantara Records 77988, 2008). These recordings are also available for purchase on Itunes. High Road has also been professionally video recorded for international television broadcast on BYU TV. Mr. Taylor has published works distributed by Trevco Music, Gail Warnaar Music, Imagine Music, and the International Society of Bassists.
Benjamin Taylor will be starting his doctoral studies at Indiana University (Bloomington) in August 2011. He received his MM from Bowling Green State University in Ohio and his BM from Brigham Young University. Trained as a trumpet player and pianist, he performs with and writes music for a variety of chamber ensembles, jazz combos and big bands, wind bands, choirs, and experimental ensembles. A large part of Mr. Taylor's music also includes electroacoustics. In addition to all things musical, he enjoys ultimate frisbee, snowboarding, aggressive inline skating, drawing, reading, cooking, and being with family.

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