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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.

Nestor Taylor (b.1963) is an Australian-born Greek 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.

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 (fugue), Peter Hope (orchestration), and Francis Shaw (composition), where he was awarded the following diplomas: LGSM in Composition, LGSM in Choral Composition & Orchestration as well as the 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 Philothei-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 in all major venues throughout Greece: Megaron Concert Halls in Athens and Thessaloniki, Greek National Opera & Niarchos Cultural Centre, Onassis Cultural Centre, Benaki Museum as well as abroad: Purcell Room and Conway Hall in London, Kioi Hall in Tokyo, Great Philharmonic Hall in Odessa, Ion Baciu Hall, Lübeck Opera, Erfurt Theater, Florentinersaal Gratz, 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 National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Erfurt Philharmonic, Odessa Philharmonic, NHKSO, Leipzig Sächsische Bläserphilharmonie, Ploieşti Philharmonic, Nuova Orchestra Ferruccio Busoni, The Tokyo Ensemble, The Composers Ensemble, Vasari Singers, Chicago a Cappella 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: Lux Aeterna, Children’s Garden, several song cycles and music for solo piano Huis-Clos, Tenebrae, Softly Awakes my Heart, released by Donemus Records.

One of his most important recent creations, is the 2-act lyric drama Eleni (libretto by Fergus Currie, based on the best-seller by Νicholas Gage), which received its world-premiere at the Erfurt Opera in December 2022.

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 management (worldwide).









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

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

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

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

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

Scarlet Letters, (pf), four-hands or two pianos, Athens 2021

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

Poison – Flower, (cello), Athens 2021

A minute’s silence, (pf), Athens 2022



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 -, 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

I Love the Lord, (vn – vc –pf), Αθήνα, 2022

Reaching Out, (vn - pf), Αθήνα, 2023

Νight Echoes, (cl. - pf), Αθήνα, 2023

Chaconne Triste, (vn - pf), Αθήνα, 2023



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

Nights of Darkness and Azure (sop-pf-str) Athens 2002

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

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

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

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

Two Rossetti Songs (ten-vn-vc-pf) on texts by Christina Rossetti, Athens 2024

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

2 William Blake Songs, (SATB a cappella), 2005

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

Christmas Tree (SATB chorus – – perc.), poetry by Haris Sakkelariou, Athens 2021)

Children’s Garden: 3 pieces for mixed chorus (SATB a cappella - piano accompan. for 2nd piece only), verses by R. L. Stevenson, Athens 2021

Prayerbook: 5 Antiphons for a cappella mixed chorus based on the Divine Liturgy of St.John Chrysostom, Athens 2024



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 (revised edition 2023).

Pandemonium (symphonic fantasy for large orchestra), Athens 2019



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

Saint Filothei the Athenian: Symphonic Cantata for soprano, narrator, orthodox chant, double chorus (SATB/TB) and orchestra. Athens, 2022




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.


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 mountains - Chionia sto Kabanario (2005), 2112-2100 - 2 perc. – hp - SATB - str.


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.

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)



''Lux Aeterna'' by Nestor Taylor, at Vouleftiko, 28th Nafplion Festival, a concert tribute to Greek Canadian composers.

Mina Polychronou: soprano, Theodore Tzovanakis: piano and the L' Anima string quartet, led by Stella Tsani.


World premiere on 2-3/7/2022

"Pandemonium" Symphonic Fantasy for large orchestra.

Erfurt Theater in Germany. The Erfurt Philharmonic conducted by Myron Michaildis.



"Huis-Clos", 9 monographs for piano, performed by Karolos Zouganelis, under the auspices of the Piano Festival of the GNO Alternative Stage, in the historic hall of the Parnassos Literary Society.

World premiere 3/12/2022

"Eleni", 2-act opera Erfurt Theater in Germany

Libretto: Fergus Currie

Staging: Guy Montavon

Sets & Costumes: Εric Chevalier

Jessica Rose Cambio: ELENI

Brett Sprague: NICHOLAS

Candela Gotelli: KANDA

Sólyom-Nagy Máté: REBEL LEADER

Valeria Mudra: MILIA

Siyabulela Sikhokele Ntlale: SOLDIER

Elsa Langer - Inke Albus: NICHOLAS THE BOY

Astrid Thelemann: NAKOVA

Tristan Blanchet: LUKAS ZIARAS






"Vocalise", (Celia Costea: soprano, Loukas Karytinos: conductor)

Christos Lambrakis Concert Hall, with the Athens State Orchestra, in its official festive concert celebrating the Athens State Orchestra’s 80th birthday.



"Saint Filothei of Athens"- 500 years since the birth of the Saint, with the symphonic cantata for soprano, narrator, live electronics, by Nestor Taylor. Athens College Concert Hall, ERT Symphony orchestra and Chorus.



"Jigsaw" by Nestor Taylor. Concert dedicated to the celebration of the National Day of Greece, on the stage of Philharmonic "Paul Constantinescu" Ploiesti in Romania. Conductor : Anastasios Simeonidis and soloists : pianist Ioana Maria Lupașcu and mezzo-soprano Irini Karagianni.

  • Α Μinute's Silence, Karolos Zouganelis - pno, Single - Donemus Records 2023
  • Childrens' Garden, Vasari Singers, Chicago a Cappella, Philovox Ensemble, EP, Donemus Records 2023
  • Scarlet Letters, Efi Papathomaidi - Yannis Michailidis - pno, Single - Donemus Records 2023
  • Concerto Romantico (live recording), Lito Thomou - pno, Odessa Philharmonic cond. by Hobart Earl, Single - Donemus Records 2022
  • Lux Aeterna, Mina Polychronou - sopr., Christos Papageorgiou - pno, Tetraktys Quartet, Single - Donemus Records 2022
  • ΙLove the Lord, Trio Balticum, Single - Donemus Records 2022
  • Vocalise (live recording), Mina Polychronou –sopr., Odessa Philharmonic conducted by Hobart Earl, EP - Donemus Records 2021
  • Softly Awakes my Heart, Lito Thomou - pno, EP - Donemus Records 2021
  • The Path of the Archangel, Elegy for strings (live recording), Nicholas Ward –Vn. solo, The Phorminx Ensemble conducted by Peter Weigold, EP - Donemus Records 2021
  • Huis – Clos, 9 Monographs for piano, Alexandra Papastefanou – pno, EP - Donemus Records 2021
  • Poison-Flower, for Cello solo, Cristina Basili – cello, Single - Donemus Records 2021
  • Tenebrae, for solo piano, Theodore Tzovanakis – pno, Single - Donemus Records 2021

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