Daniel Taylor
Countertenor, founder and artistic director of TEM
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A Sony Classical artist, Daniel Taylor is one of the most sought-after countertenors in the world. Daniel appears on more than 100 recordings which include Bach Cantatas/Monteverdi Choir/Sir John Eliot Gardiner (for Deutsche Grammophon Archiv and SDG); Renaissance duets with Bowman /Actor Ralph Fiennes/TEM (BIS); Handel’s Rinaldo with Cecilia Bartoli /AAM/Hogwood (Decca); Cantatas "Before Bach" with Collegium Vocale /Herrewege (Harmonia Mundi); Sakamoto’s pop-opera "Life" with the Dalai Lama and Salman Rushdie (Sony); Bach Cantatas with Bach Collegium Japan (BIS); the "Voice of Bach" (Sony); Vivaldi’s Stabat Mater(BIS); five major recordings of Handel’s Messiah, these being with the Montreal Symphony/ Nagano (Universal), Kammerchor Stuttgart/Bernius (Carus), with the American Bach Soloists/ Thomas(Koch), with the Handel & Haydn Society/Christophers (Coro) and a CD/DVD with Tafelmusik (Bravo Television). Daniel has recorded the CD/DVD of the Bach B minor Mass with the Ensemble Orchestral Paris/Nelson (EMI Virgin) and also a CD with the Kammerchor Stuttgart/Bernius (Carus). With the Monteverdi Choir/Gardiner, Daniel appeared on the Bach Cantata Pilgrimage joining in concerts and recordings across Europe and North America. With the English Baroque Soloists/Gardiner, he appeared in Handel’s Israel in Egypt at the BBC Proms; returning to the BBC Proms in recital. Daniel appeared on the new soundtrack of "TORUK" with the Cirque du Soleil (Universal) and also appears on "TOTEM" with the Cirque (Universal). Recent engagements also included the World Premiere of Robert Lepage’s production of Ades’ "The Tempest" and recital debuts at Lincoln Centre and at the Havana Festival in Cuba . Daniel’s latest recital disc is "Come Again, Sweet Love" on Sony. Daniel’s recording of "Angelheart" with cellist Matt Haimovitz, mezzo Frederica Von Stade and Actor Jeremy Irons won a Grammy.

Daniel’s debut at Glyndebourne in Peter Sellar’s staging of Handel’s Theodora(recorded for Erato) followed on his operatic debut in Jonathan Miller’s production of Handel’s Rodelinda (EMI). He took the title role in Gluck’s Orfeo at the Edinburgh Festival. His North American operatic debut was in Handel’s Cesare at the New York Metropolitan Opera. Daniel receives invitations from an ever-widening circle of the world’s leading early and contemporary music ensembles, appearing in opera (Metropolitan Opera, Glyndebourne, San Francisco, Rome, Welsh National Opera, Canadian Opera, Opera North, Montreal Opera and Munich); oratorio (Gabrieli Consort, Monteverdi Choir/English Baroque Soloists, Bach Collegium Japan, Les Arts Florissants, Berlin Akademie fur Alte Musik, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, King’s Consort); symphonic works (Cleveland, St. Louis, Lisbon, Philadelphia, Tonhalle Zurich, Toronto, Gothenburg, Rotterdam, Montreal); recital (Vienna Konzerthaus, Frick Collection, New York, Forbidden Concert Hall, Beijing, Lufthansa Baroque Festival, Carnegie and Wigmore Hall, London) and film (Podeswa’s Five Senses for Fineline - winner at Cannes and also of a Genie). Daniel Taylor is now recognized as "Canada’s star countertenor" and "Canada’s most prolific recording artist". Highlights of past engagements include Handel’s Israel in Egypt with the Cleveland Orchestra/McGegan; Bach Christmas Oratorio with the National Arts Centre/Pinnock; Handel’s Rinaldo at the Munich Opera House/Bickett; Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms with the Philadelphia Orchestra/Dutoit; Handel’s Saul with Bachakademie Stuttgart/ Rilling (for Hänssler Classics); Buxtehude Cantatas with the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra/Koopman (Channel Classics) and Schnittke’s Faust Cantata with the Rotterdam Philharmonic/Gergiev. Daniel also sang at a Pow-Wow of First Nations in Alberta and on Parliament Hill for Queen Elizabeth II and the Prime Minister of Canada. He appeared on German Television for the Prime Minister of Germany, on Spanish Television for the Queen of Spain and in a recital for the King and Queen of Sweden.

Upcoming engagements include Carmina Burana with the Toronto Symphony/Oundjan, Handel Joshua with the San Francisco Philharmonia/McGegan, Bach b minor with the Cincinnati Symphony/Bickett, Bach Cantatas with the Bethlehem Bach Festival/Funfgeld, a recording and tour with the Kammerchor Stuttgart/Bernius and recital tours including his return to Carnegie Hall. This summer Daniel joins the distinguished Faculty at the Amalfi Coast Opera Festival.

As an educator, Daniel has offered master classes at the Beijing Conservatory, the Sao Paolo Conservatory, at the Royal Academy, the Guildhall and the Royal College of Music. He has also given classes at leading Universities across North America. The University of Toronto recently appointed Daniel Taylor to the position of Head of Historical Performance in the Faculty of Music; at U of T he offers lectures in Performance Practice, in Opera, directs the Schola Cantorum and maintains a voice studio. Daniel is also a Visiting Artist at the University of Vienna and Visiting Faculty at the Victoria Conservatory of Music and the Siena Liberal Arts University Italy. "Conductor Daniel Taylor is breathing joyous new life into sacred music" (Globe and Mail) - - Daniel made recent debuts conducting the Gabrieli Consort, the Kammerchor Stuttgart and is the first guest conductor in the history of The Tallis Scholars. Daniel is Artistic Director and Conductor of the Choir and Orchestra of the Theatre of Early Music (TEM). The TEM performs more than 30 concerts every year in concert halls all over the world. Last season also marked the debut of Daniel’s new professional choir - the Trinity Choir - with their highly-praised recording of "Four Thousand Winter" on Sony. The second recording of the Trinity Choir - "The Tree of Life" - on Sony released worldwide in November 2016.


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