Darryl Taylor's career includes an amazing array of art song, opera and oratorio, extending from Bach to Britten, and beyond.
Mr. Taylor has appeared with orchestras in the USA and in Europe including the Johann Strauss Sinfonietta of Vienna, the W.A. Mozart Philharmonic of Cluj, Romania, Camerata Mediterania of Barcelona, and the Aspen Music Festival (Young Artists Series), under the batons of conductors Conxita Garcia, Cristian Florea, Gert Meditz, Gustav Meier, James Vail, Rebecca Burkhardt, and Bruce Nehring. Among his operatic credits is the premier of the jazzopera by Nathan Davis, Just Above My Head, on the novel by James Baldwin (role of Jimmy), lead roles in operas by Mozart, Verdi, Handel, Britten, and Gershwin. Taylor's international itinerary includes some 19 tours of Spain, singing to enthusiastic, capacity audiences.
Darryl Taylor's New York Recital debut took place at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. In addition to his classical credits, he has been associated with such notable jazz greats as Kenny Burrell, Hubert Laws, Jimmy Owens, Nathan Davis, and Nnenna Freelon. Taylor’s recitals have regularly introduced audiences to works of composers like William Grant Still, George Walker, Adolphus Hailstork, John Musto, Deon Nielsen Price, Edward Hart, Richard Thomspon, Ted Wiprud, Leslie Adams, and Hale Smith. Many of these works were written especially for Taylor's voice. Recent highlights of his performances include a highly successful recital at the famed Liszt Music Academy in Budapest; Royce Hall in Los Angeles, Merkin Concert Hall in New York, Spanish television and radio broadcasts from Barcelona's Palau de la Música, and the Hochschüle für Musik in Munich, Germany. He was a featured artist under the sponsorship of the Cultural Committee for the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona and was heard in Messiah at Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington DC.
Founder of the African American Art Song Alliance <www.darryltaylor.com>, Taylor has debuted numerous works, including Daniel Bernard Roumaine's Epilogue, 1965 (a performance with the composer on violin and George Shirley as narrator), Erik Santos' Dreamer: Seven Poems by Langston Hughes, Deon Nielsen Price's To the Children of War, Theodore Wiprud's A Georgia Song, Richard Thompson’s Dream Variations, and Edward Hart’s The Caged Bird Sings. His recordings on Naxos and Albany record labels have received lavish praise. "Love Rejoices: Songs of H. Leslie Adams" was a Number One Critic's Choice for American Record Guide (John Boyer) for the year 2001. Others of his recordings include Dreamer: A Portrait of Langston Hughes, on the Naxos label, which featured William Warfield as narrator, Poetry Prelude: Music of Richard Thompson, Fields of Wonder: Songs and Spirituals of Robert Owens, and the most recent, Louis Moreau Gottschalk: Complete Orchestral Works and Escénas Campestres Cubanas with the Hot Springs Festival Orchestra, Richard Rosenberg, conductor.
Taylor is much sought after as a lecturer on African-American Art Song, and has given lecture-recitals/master classes at the Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music, the University of Michigan, Florida State University, Duke University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Florida A&M University, Bethune-Cookman College, Virginia Union University, Marygrove College, for the International Alliance for Women in Music, the NATS Convention in Philadelphia, and at Morehouse College, among many others.
A native of Detroit, Michigan, Darryl Taylor holds degrees from the University of Southern California and the University of Michigan. He is a member of Mu Phi Epsilon Music Fraternity, Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honors Society, and is on the Board of Directors for Videmus, Inc. Currently he serves on the faculty of the University of California at Irvine.