David Taylor joined the Chicago
Symphony Orchestra as assistant concertmaster in 1979. Born in Canton, Ohio, he
first studied violin with his father beginning at the age of 4, and later
continued his studies with Margaret Randall and Rafael Druian at the Cleveland
Institute of Music. He later studied with Ivan Galamian and Dorothy DeLay at
the Juilliard School, where he received both bachelor and master’s degrees. He
became a member of the Cleveland Orchestra in 1974 as a first violinist. With
the Chicago Symphony he has made numerous solo appearances, including performances
with Sir Georg Solti. He also has served as acting-concertmaster of the Saint
Louis Symphony and Concertmaster of the Milwaukee Symphony.
David is the
Concertmaster of the ArsViva Chamber Orchestra. As a lover of chamber music he
often performs in recitals and solo performances in the Chicagoland area, at
Ravinia and on WFMT. He performs often with the Pressenda Trio with fellow CSO
cellist Gary Stucka and pianist Andrea Swan. He is also a frequent soloist with
the regions local orchestras. He teaches privately, at the Moody Bible
Institute and at Roosevelt University. A frequent coach of orchestral
violinists he has students in orchestras across the U.S. and Japan. David lives
in downtown Chicago and is married to another violinist, Michelle Wynton. He
plays a J.B. Guadagnini violin made in 1744.
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