Pianist Kit Taylor Dazzles New York City

Reviews don’t get any better than this. No wonder students clamor to study with Christopher “Kit” Taylor, professor of piano at UW-Madison.

On May 11 at Columbia University’s Miller Theater in New York City, Taylor presented a concert of Bach’s “Clavier-­‐Übung” (“Keyboard Practice”) with Frederick Rzewski’s virtuosic and politically charged variations on “The People United Will Never Be Defeated!”

Christopher Taylor,
Christopher Taylor, UW professor of piano.

The program was designed to explore the music of Bach from different perspectives, 250 years apart. From the official news release:

“Whether tackling Bach’s Goldberg Variations on a dual-­‐manual piano or playing a Messiaen magnum opus from memory, Christopher Taylor has consistently wowed Miller Theatre audiences with his smart, bold performances.”

His concert was VERY well-received.

The New York Times, in a review by Zachary Woolfe, called him “a dazzlingly virtuosic and thoughtful musician,” adding “…the passionate precision of Mr. Taylor’s playing, its almost vibrating sheen, also unified the concert, from the glinting, pulsing energy of the fourth duet, in A Minor, to the lush overlapping lines of the French Overture’s opening and the almost violent quality of its Gigue.”

Read the full review here:

NYT review of Christopher Taylor

Meanwhile, one of Taylor’s graduate students, Yana Groves, will present a concert of Bach, Debussy, and Schubert this Saturday, May 18 at noon at Grace Episcopal Church, 116 West Washington Avenue, in a series called “Grace Presents.” The series is just perfect for Farmers’ Market strollers looking for a quiet interlude. Lunches are welcome!

Learn more here:

“Grace Presents” website

Also, read about Yana in Jake Stockinger’s blog, “The Well-Tempered Ear.”

The Well-Tempered Ear

This morning, Groves received some airplay from Rich Samuels of WORT radio, 89.9 FM, who makes a point of featuring many UW and other local musicians on his 7 am show. You can check out his radio show listings here: Rich Samuels”s page on WORT radio

When Yana was a senior at SUNY-Plattsburgh, she was videotaped rehearsing Mozart’s 23rd piano concerto. You can hear her here:

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