Daniel Taylor

Biography

Born: November, 1969   Country: Canada  
Daniel Taylor is often described as Canada's leading countertenor. And with scores of rave reviews from concerts across the globe and more than 60 recordings to his credit, it would be hard to challenge the claim. His many supporters, not to mention a host of notable critics, have lavished high praise on Taylor for the beauty of his unique, female-timbred voice. His repertory has tended to favor Renaissance-era and Baroque music, with the Read more cantatas of J.S. Bach heavily figuring in his discography. He also regularly appears on the world's most prestigious operatic stages, again favoring early music repertory in his choice of roles, with the works of Handel taking precedence. Despite his preference for early music, Taylor has sung a fair amount of modern works by a range of diverse composers: Bernstein, Sakamoto, Christos Hatzis, and Arvo Pärt. Taylor is the founder of the Theatre of Early Music, a Montreal-based period-instrument ensemble, for which he also serves as artistic director. In concert Taylor often performs with renowned Canadian soprano Suzie LeBlanc. He has recorded for a spate of major labels, including BIS, Dorian, Atma Classique, Harmonia Mundi, EMI, and Virgin Classics.

Daniel Taylor was born in Canada in 1969. At six he began singing in the (Anglican) St. Matthew's Church choir, and four years later became a treble for the National Arts Centre Opera. At 16 he began vocal lessons with renowned countertenor Allan Fast. Taylor studied music first at McGill University, then, for his master's, at the University of Montreal. He had later studies in Europe in Baroque interpretation and still takes vocal lessons from British countertenor Michael Chance.

Taylor quickly established his reputation in Canada, both in opera and the concert hall. He debuted in 1997 at Glyndebourne to rave reviews in Handel's Theodora. His April 1999 Met debut as Nireno in Handel's Giulio Cesare was equally impressive.

By then he had several major recordings to his credit, including three Orfeo discs of works by Niccolň Jommelli, with the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra under Frieder Bernius.

In the new century Taylor founded the Theatre of Early Music ensemble. The group has attracted such artists as Emma Kirkby, Suzie Leblanc, and Stephen Varcoe and has made a dozen or so recordings. In 2004 Taylor was named the Opus Prizes Artist of the year. Among Taylor's recordings is the 2007 Virgin Classics DVD Bach in Notre Dame. Read less
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    Handel: Oratorios
    Label: Carus   Catalog: CV83040 Release Date: 08/12/2016   Number of Discs: 13
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  James Oxley,  Jan Thomer,  Markus Brutscher,  Elvira Bill  ... 
    Conductor:  Peter Neumann,  Holger Speck,  Frieder Bernius,  Nicholas McGegan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Collegium Cartusianum,  Cologne Chamber Choir,  Rastatt Vocal Ensemble  ... 
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    Divine Karina / Karina Gauvin
    Label: Atma Classique   Catalog: 3017 Release Date: 02/12/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henry Purcell,  George Frideric Handel,  Joseph Bodin de Boismortier,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Performer:  Karina Gauvin,  Daniel Taylor,  Louis-Philippe Marsolais,  Genevieve Dube  ... 
    Conductor:  Francis Colpron,  Alexander Weimann,  Alan Curtis,  Bernard Labadie  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Boréades de Montréal,  Tempo Rubato,  Arion Baroque Orchestra  ... 
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    Handel: Theodora / Christie, Les Arts Florissants
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 552541 Release Date: 09/25/2015   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Sophie Daneman,  Daniel Taylor,  Richard Croft,  Nathan Berg  ... 
    Conductor:  William Christie
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Arts Florissants
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    Fratres / Les Violons Du Roy - 30 Ans
    Label: Atma Classique   Catalog: 3015 Release Date: 04/14/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Christoph W. Gluck,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Johann Pachelbel,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  Daniel Taylor,  Karina Gauvin,  Benedetto Lupo,  Pascale Gigučre  ... 
    Conductor:  Bernard Labadie,  Jean-Marie Zeitouni,  Mathieu Lussier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Violons du Roy
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    Sacred Music  - Bach, Beethoven, Haydn / John Nelson  [4-dvd Set]
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2075118 Release Date: 03/31/2015   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Lucy Crowe,  Jonathan Beyer,  Werner Güra,  Lisa Milne  ... 
    Conductor:  John Nelson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic,  Netherlands Radio Chamber Chorus,  Chamber Orchestra of Europe  ... 
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    Recreation for the Soul: Bach Cantatas / Harvey, Magdalena Consort
    Label: Channel Classics   Catalog: 35247 Release Date: 08/12/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Elin Manahan Thomas,  Daniel Taylor,  James Gilchrist
    Conductor:  Peter Harvey
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Magdalena Consort
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    Bach: Cantatas / John Eliot Gardiner
    Label: Soli Deo Gloria Records   Catalog: 186 Release Date: 10/29/2013   Number of Discs: 56
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Johann Christoph Bach,  Johann Kuhnau,  Heinrich Schütz
    Performer:  Wilke te Brummelstroete,  David Henschel,  Joanne Lunn,  Paul Agnew  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir,  Cambridge Trinity College Choir  ... 
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    Angel Heart - A Music Storybook / Irons, Delan, Haimovitz, Von Stade
    Label: Oxingale Records   Catalog: 2023 Release Date: 09/24/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Luna Pearl Woolf
    Performer:  Daniel Taylor,  Cao Zheng,  Frederica Von Stade,  Matt Haimovitz  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  UCCELLO
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    L'Excellence Se Fete - A Celebration of Excellence
    Label: Analekta   Catalog: 297257 Release Date: 04/09/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  André Mathieu,  Antonín Dvorák,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Performer:  Alain Lefčvre,  Marie-Nicole Lemieux,  Louise-Andrée Baril,  Valerie Milot  ... 
    Conductor:  Yoav Talmi,  Bruno Weil,  Jeanne Lamon,  Jean-Philippe Tremblay  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alcan String Quartet,  Tafelmusik,  La Pieta  ... 
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    Ave Maria / Daniel Taylor, Petits Chanteurs Du Mont-royal
    Label: Analekta   Catalog: 29841 Release Date: 11/27/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giulio Caccini,  Franz Schubert,  William Byrd,  Josquin Des Préz  ... 
    Performer:  Daniel Taylor,  Alain Lefčvre,  Luc Beauséjour,  Amanda Keesmaat
    Conductor:  Gilbert Patenaude
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Petits Chanteurs du Mont-Royal
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    Bach: Cantatas for Christmas / Gardiner, Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists
    Label: Soli Deo Gloria Records   Catalog: 178 Release Date: 10/30/2012   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Dietrich Henschel,  Bernarda Fink,  Christoph Genz,  Claron McFadden  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir
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    Handel - Singalong Messiah / Taurins, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra And Chamber Choir
    Label: Tafelmusik Media   Catalog: 1008 Release Date: 04/24/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Suzie LeBlanc,  Daniel Taylor,  Rufus Müller,  Locky Chung
    Conductor:  Ivars Taurins
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tafelmusik
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    Bach: St. John Passion / Funfgeld, Bach Choir Of Bethlehem,  Bach Festival Orchestra
    Label: Analekta   Catalog: 298901 Release Date: 03/26/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Daniel Taylor,  David Newman,  William Sharp,  Julia Doyle  ... 
    Conductor:  Greg Funfgeld
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Choir of Bethlehem,  Bach Festival Orchestra
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    Bach: Cantatas No  54 & 170, Concerto Bwv 1060 / Lamon, Tafelmusik
    Label: Analekta   Catalog: 29878 Release Date: 10/25/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Daniel Taylor,  John Abberger
    Conductor:  Jeanne Lamon
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tafelmusik
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    Shakespeare - Come Again, Sweet Love / Daniel Taylor
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 72722 Release Date: 06/28/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henry Purcell,  Edward Johnson,  Robert Jones,  Thomas Robinson  ... 
    Performer:  Daniel Taylor,  Emma Kirkby,  Elizabeth Kenny,  Jacob Heringman  ... 
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    Zelenka: Missa Votiva / Bernius, Taylor, Lunn, Bauer, Stuttgart
    Label: Carus   Catalog: 83223 Release Date: 10/05/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jan Dismas Zelenka
    Performer:  Johannes Kaleschke,  Joanne Lunn,  Daniel Taylor,  Thomas E. Bauer
    Conductor:  Frieder Bernius
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Baroque Orchestra,  Stuttgart Chamber Choir
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    Bach: Magnificat; Vivaldi: Gloria / Bach Choir Of Bethlehem
    Label: Analekta   Catalog: 29873 Release Date: 11/10/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Rosa Lamoreaux,  Julia Doyle,  Daniel Lichti,  Benjamin Butterfield  ... 
    Conductor:  Greg Funfgeld
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Choir of Bethlehem,  Bach Festival Orchestra
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    Handel: Messiah / Bernius, Sampson, Taylor, Harvey
    Label: Carus   Catalog: 83219 Release Date: 09/08/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Carolyn Sampson,  Daniel Taylor,  Ben Hulett,  Peter Harvey
    Conductor:  Frieder Bernius
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Chamber Choir,  Stuttgart Baroque Orchestra
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    Bach: Psalm 51, Etc / Gauvin, Les Violons Du Roy
    Label: Atma Classique   Catalog: 2343 Release Date: 08/25/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Daniel Taylor,  Karina Gauvin,  Anne-Andrée Benny
    Conductor:  Bernard Labadie
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Violons du Roy
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    Vivaldi: Stabat Mater / Taylor, Kirkby, Theatre Of Early Music
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1546 Release Date: 07/28/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Giovanni Battista Pergolesi,  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Emma Kirkby,  Daniel Taylor
    Conductor:  Daniel Taylor
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Theatre of Early Music
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    Handel: Acis And Galatea, Theodora, Cantatas / Christie, Antonini
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 517687 Release Date: 02/10/2009   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Eva Mei,  Nathan Berg,  Laurent Slaars,  Richard Croft  ... 
    Conductor:  Giovanni Antonini,  William Christie
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Il Giardino Armonico,  Les Arts Florissants
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    The Voice Of Bach / Taylor, Theatre Of Early Music
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 729031 Release Date: 02/03/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Daniel Taylor
    Conductor:  Daniel Taylor
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Theatre of Early Music
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    Bach: Cantatas Vol 5 / Gardiner, English Baroque Soloists
    Label: Soli Deo Gloria Records   Catalog: 147 Release Date: 11/11/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Brindley Sherratt,  Christoph Genz,  Daniel Taylor,  Robin Tyson  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monteverdi Choir,  English Baroque Soloists
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    Bach: Mass In B Minor / Bernius, Stuttgart Baroque Orchestra
    Label: Carus   Catalog: 83211 Release Date: 10/10/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Daniel Taylor,  Marcus Ullman,  Mechthild Bach,  Raimund Nolte
    Conductor:  Frieder Bernius
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Baroque Orchestra,  Stuttgart Chamber Choir
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    Naturally Bach
    Label: Atma Classique   Catalog: 3007 Release Date: 06/24/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Stephen Stubbs,  Bruce Haynes,  Daniel Taylor
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble da Sonar
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