Magazine article Musical Times

In Memoriam: Kendall Taylor

Magazine article Musical Times

In Memoriam: Kendall Taylor

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Kendall Taylor

A highly regarded Professor of Piano at the Royal College of Music for over fifty years, Kendall Taylor enjoyed a distinguished career as concert pianist for seven decades, giving his first concerto, the Mozart D minor, K.466, aged twelve, and his last public concert in 1995. He made twenty-six Proms appearances as soloist, performing under their founder, Sir Henry Wood, on several occasions, and also appearing at the last night. With Sir John Barbirolli and the Halle Orchestra he also gave many concerts, and, in 1947, was the conductor's chosen soloist for festival concerts in Vienna with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. In addition, throughout his life, he travelled the world, giving performances, lectures and masterclasses.

Taylor's youthful precocity was encouraged by Vera Dawson, a pupil of Ivan Knorr, who had studied with Brahms. Having gained a scholarship in 1923 to study at the Royal College of Music, Taylor continued his musical training with the Busoni pupil Herbert Fryer, and with RO Morris, Gustav HoLst, Sir Adrian Boult and Sir Malcolm Sargent. He graduated from the College in 1926, and combined a developing concert career with a teaching post at Merchant Taylor's School, before his appointment as Professor of Piano at the RCM in 1929. …

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