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Nestor Taylor - Composer

Australian born composer, with a strong presence in the field of opera, and important collaborations and commissions worldwide. His compositional work has a distinct post romantic orientation with intense lyricism, virtuosic orchestration and dynamism.
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Nestor Taylor (b.1963) was born to a prominent Greek family, in Melbourne, Australia.

He studied piano, harmony and counterpoint at the Athens Conservatory with George Diamantis and distinguished composer, Menelaos Pallantios. He continued his studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama under Graham Elliot, Francis Shaw and Robert Saxton, where he was awarded the following diplomas: LGSM in Composition, LGSM in Choral Composition & Orchestration as well as Postgraduate Diploma in Composition. He completed his M.Mus and M.Phil degrees in Composition at Royal Holloway under the supervision of John Woolridge and Peter Wiegold. He also holds an ALCM in Conducting from London College. 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 at the State School of Dance & the Greek National Opera Ballet School; and Artistic Director at the Central Conservatory of Music in Athens and the Municipal Conservatory in Filothei-Psychiko.

He has also served as Head of International Relations, Casting Director and Artistic Advisor to the Director at the Greek National Opera between 2009 and 2016, whereas nowadays he pursues a professional career as a freelance composer.

Taylor’s music has been extensively performed throughout Greece: Megaron Concert Halls in Athens and Thessaloniki, Greek National Opera, etc., and abroad: Purcell Room and Conway Hall in London, Kioi Hall in Tokyo, the Great Philharmonic Hall in Odessa, etc.

He has collaborated with the State Orchestras of Athens and Thessaloniki, the Orchestra of Colors, the Camerata Οrchestra of Friends of Music, the Greek Radio Symphony Orchestra, Erfurt Philharmonic, Odessa Philharmonic, NHKSO, Nuova Orchestra Ferruccio Busoni, Tokyo Ensemble, Composers Ensemble, Chicago a Capella and the Lindsay Quartet, among 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: “Pandemonium”, “Vocalise”,” The Path of the Archangel”, chamber & choral music: “On a Ray of Winter Sun”, “And then it is Dusk”, “So Fades a Summer cloud away”, several song cycles, and music for solo piano and harp recorded for the Puzzle-Musik label.

His work “And then it is Dusk” for mezzo-soprano and ensemble, earned him first prize in the Mediterranean Composers’ Competition in 2002. “Voyage with Hesperus” received second prize in the National Chamber Music Competition of Greece in 2004.

Οne of his most recent creations, is the opera-oratorio “Eleni” (2019, libretto by Fergus Currie, based on the  best-seller of Νicholas Gage), initially commissioned by MidAmerican Productions, which subsequently led to his announcement as “Distinguished Composer” at Carnegie Hall.

Nestor Taylor's works are published worldwide by the Dutch Publishing House Donemus, and E. C. Schirmer in the Unites States.

Since 2019 the composer is represented by MUSICENTRY and promoted by Classicalia (Germany-Austria), PBMusic (Italy) and Luca Di Bernardo managament (wordwide).

SOLO INSTRUMENTS

Chromata, 3 tableux vivants (pf), Athens 1989/1992.

Softly Awakes my Heart, (pf), Athens, 2006

Seadream, (hp), Athens 1999, rev. 2018

Ηuis – Clos, 9 monogpraphs (pf), Athens, 2007-2017

Tenebrae, (pf), 3 preludes, Athens, 2021

Scarlet Letters, (pf), four-hands, Athens 2021

Réflexions du rêve, (pf), Concert Étude, Athens 2021

Poison – Flower, (cello), Athens 2021

Here and there - Eiristho en Parodo (a collection of miniatures for various solo instruments)

 

CHAMBER MUSIC

Movements in the Dark, (str. qt.), London, 1994

Kommos, (2 pf - vn. - perc.), London, 1995

On a Ray of Winter Sun (sop - 2 fl. - 2 cl, str. qt - p.no), on texts by G. Seferis, London 1996*

Voyage with Hesperus (pf – vib - cl: Bb/ Bb bass/sop Eb] - db), London, 1997

Little Prayer, (fl – hp), Αthens, 2008

 

SONGS & CHORAL MUSIC

The Butterfly's Evil Spell, 5 lyrical songs (sop – fl – vla - pf), texts by F. G. Lorca. London 1998/rev. Athens 2004

Νekyia, (mez- pf), texts by G. Seferis, Athens, 1999

Plays of the Sea and the Sky (sop – pf), on texts by G. Ritsos, Athens, 1999

Night of Darkness and Azure, (sop - pf – str), Athens, 2002

...Αnd then it is Dusk, (mez - chamber ensembleon texts by Sappho, Alcaeus and Meleagrus assembled by the composerAthens 2000

Α Song, (sop – vn – (sant) - pf), text by Od. Elytis, Athens, 2001

So fades a summer cloud away, (mez - cello octet – SATB - org), texts by Emily Dickinson, 2001

Olvia Donna, (sop – str), texts by Od. Elytis, Athens, 2003

Annabel Lee, (sop - harp), text by Edgar Alan Poe, Athens, 2003

Lux Αeterna, (mez – str. qt. – pf), Αthens, 2007

William Blake Songs, (SATB a cappella), 2005

Dedication, (SSA a cappella), text by R. Kipling, Αthens, 2008

Like music at night... (SATB a cappella), text by K. P. Cavafy, Athens, 2001

 

ORCHESTRAL MUSIC

Introduction and Valse, (orch), Athens, 1993

Fantasia on a theme by H. Purcell, (orch), London, 1996

The Path of the Archangel, (str), London, 1996

Musica Ricercata, (br), Αthens, 2001

Concerto Romantico, (pf - sop - orch), Athens, 2004

Vocalise, (sop – hp – orch), Αthens, 2005-06

Jigsaw, Concertino (pf - orch), Αthens, 2008

Pandemonium (symphonic fantasy for large orchestra), Athens 2019

 

THEATER - ORATORIO - OPERA

Don’t Look Now (narrator - pf - electronics), texts Daphne du Maurier, Athens, 2009

ELENI - A Lyric drama in Two Acts Opera (soloists - SATB - children choir & orch), Athens 2019

 

ARRANGEMENTS – TRANSCRIPTIONS

RELIGIOUS:

Johann Sebastian Bach: Ο Esperinos tis Agapis, three hymns of J.S. Bach, in Greek performance by the composer. Accompanied by musicological study on the chorale, Athens, 2018/2021.

Johannes Brahms : Wiegenlied - Cradle song (οp. 49, no. 4), [2006], 1121-2000- hp – cel - sop - SATB (optional)- str. (6-5-4-3-1).

Cesar Franck : Panis Angelicus (2020), Messe a 3 voix Op.12, Nr.5, transcribed for piano, clarinet, cello and 2 voice parts.

CHRISTMAS CAROLS :

French traditional song: Νοël Nouvelet (2005/2009), 1222-2000 - 2 perc.- hp – SATB - str.

James Lord Pierpont: Jingle Bells (2005), 2222-2100 -2 perc. + timp.- hp - SATB- str.

Mykola Leontovych: Carol of the Bells (2005), 2222-2100 – 1 perc. + timp.- hp – SATB - str.

Lowell Mason: Joy to the World (2005/2009), 0202-2100 – 1 perc. + timp-hp - SATB - str.

English traditional song: Coventry Carol (2005/2009), 0202-2100 – hp – SATB – str.

Simeone/Davis/Onorati: The Little drummer Boy (2005), 2222-2100 – hp – SATB – str.

Franz X. Gruber: Silent Night  (2005), 2020-0000 – hp –SATB – str.

Greek traditional song: Carol of Propontis Kalanta Propontidas (2005), 2222-2000 - 2 perc. + timp – hp – SATB – str.

Greek traditional song: Snow in the mountainsChionia sto Kabanario (2005), 2112-2100 - 2 perc. – hp - SATB - str.

OTHER :

Erik Satie: En Plus from 3 Mouvements en forme de poire (2006), 1111-2000 - cel - piatti – hp – str.

Mikis Theodorakis: Beautiful city - Omorfi Poli (2004), 0000-0000 - 1 perc. - hp – str - ten.

Manos Hadjidakis: Crimson moon - To feggari einai kokkino (2006), 2121-2100 - perc. – pno – hp –str.

Μanos Hadjidakis : Yannis the murderer - O Giannis o fonias (2006), 2121-2100 – pno – mand – hp – high voice – str.

Μanos Hadjidakis: Pornography (2006), 2121-2100 - 1 perc. (trgl - piatti) - timp. (optional) – pn – mand – hp – sop – str.

Μanos Hadjidakis: Τhe Rose - To triantafyllo (2006), 2121-2100 - 2 perc. (claves - gl.) – timp. -pno - mand - hp - high voice - str.

Μanos Hadjidakis: Somewhere my love exists - Kapou yparchei i agapi mou (2006), 2121-2100- 1 perc. – pno – mand – hp - high voice – str.

Μanos Hadjidakis: 15 Vespers (2018), (2 Guitars, Harp, P.no-D. Bass) music revisal – three of them registered (Nychterinos Peripatos, Τo Party, Ferte mou ena mantolino) in score.  Commissioned by Greek National Opera, 2018.

Μanos Hadjidakis: Τhe accused serpent (work 6), Ballet suite for 2 pianos, music revisal –transcription. Commissioned by the Greek National Opera, 2017.

Μanos Hadjidakis: Five improvisations for piano (unpublished work), music renaissance - processing. Commissioned by the Greek National Opera, 2017.

Gaetano Donizetti : Lucia di Lammermoor,  Duetto Il pallor funesto orrendo [No.6], orchestral adaptation for smaller ensemble (2 cr. - 2 tpt. - 2 tbn - tuba). Commissioned by the Greek National Opera, 2017.

Giuseppe Verdi : Macbeth : Scena e Marcia [5], orchestration adaptation for smaller ensemble (2 cr. – 2 tpt. - 2 tbn. - tuba). Commissioned by the Greek National Opera, 2017.

Astor Piazolla: Oblivion  2122-2100 - 1 perc. - hp – vn solo - str. (2008)

 

DISCOGRAPHY

(1991) LYRA 4600 ''META TI VROCHI''  Giannis Koutras

Ftanei - Tha meino edo - Tainia tromou - Kalokairi - Dikaioma sou  - Pacman

 

(1991) LYRA 4583 ''ΚΥRIE KATHIGITA'' Christina Anagnostopoulou

Kyrie Kathigita - T'agori tis filis sou - Synagermos -  Ti tha ginei - Pou taxideveis - Leipo egataleipo

 

(1993) LYRA 4716 ''ΕROTES MAGOI'' Christina Anagnostopoulou

Se zilevo - Erotes magoi - Tha ftais 

 

(2008) CD : Duo Choriambus ‎– Dialogues (Label : Puzzlemusik ‎– piece W02)

Little prayer (for flute and harp)

 ''Lux Aeterna'' Nestor Taylor

July 2nd 2019 at Vouleftiko, 28th Nafplion Festival, a concert tribute to Greek-Canadian composers.

"Pandemonium" Nestor Taylor

World premiere of the work on the 2nd and 3rd April 2020 at Theater Erfurt in Germany.

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