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Daniel Taylor

Daniel -TaylorDaniel Taylor is one of the most sought-after countertenors in the world.

Daniel appears on 100 recordings which include include Bach Cantatas/Monteverdi Choir/Gardiner (for Deutsche Grammophone Archiv and SDG); Renaissance duets with Bowman /Actor Ralph Fiennes/TEM (BIS); Handel's Rinaldo with Bartoli /AAM/Hogwood (Decca); Cantatas "Before Bach" with Collegium Vocale /Herrewege (Harmonia Mundi); Sakamoto's pop-opera "Life" with the Dalai Lama/ Salman Rushdie (Sony); Bach Cantatas with Bach Collegium Japan (BIS); a Bach recital with the Theatre of Early Music (Sony); Vivaldi Gloria with the Bethlehem Bach Choir/Funfgeld (Analekta); Vivaldi's Stabat Mater (BIS);  Bach St. John Passion with the Bethlehem Bach Choir/Fumfgeld (Analekta), four recordings of Handel's Messiah, these being with Kammerchor Stuttgart/Bernius(Carus), with the American Bach Soloists /Thomas (Koch) and most recently a CD/DVD with Tafelmusik/Taurins (Bravo Television) and  a live recording with the New York Philharmonic/Rilling . Daniel has recorded the CD/DVD of the Bach B minor Mass with the Ensemble Orchestrale Paris/Nelson (EMI Virgin) and also with the Kammerchor Stuttgart/Bernius (Carus).  His most recent prize-winning discs include Bach Solo Cantatas with Tafelmusik/Lamon (Analekta) and his latest solo disc on the SONY label "Come Again Sweet Love" with Dame Emma Kirkby, Carolyn Sampson, Michael Chance, Charles Daniels and Neal Davies. Upcoming projects include a Renaissance project for the ECM/Universal label, Handel Judas Maccabeus with Clarion/Fox (Telarc) and a new project for SONY. 

Daniel's debut at Glyndebourne in 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, Wigmore Hall, London and New York's Carnegie Hall) 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 Messiah with San Francisco Symphony/Christophers; Handel's Israel in Egypt with the Cleveland Orchestra/McGegan; Messiah with the St. Louis Symphony/Christophers; Orff's Carmina Burana with the Toronto Symphony/Oundjan; Bach Christmas Oratorio with the National Arts Centre/Pinnock; Bernstein's Chichester Psalms with the Philadelphia Orchestra/Dutoit; Bach St. John Passion with the Montreal Symphony/Nagano, Handel's Saul with Bachakademie Stuttgart/ Rilling (for Hänssler Classics); Buxtehude Cantatas with the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra/Koopman (for 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 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. With the Gabrieli Consort/McCreesh , Daniel toured Europe in Purcell's Odes, appeared in recital on Polish Television and toured Purcell's Dido and Aeneas; he also appeared in the Bach Christmas Oratorio with the Tonhalle Zurich Orchestra/McCreesh. With the Madrid National Orchestra/Goodwin, he sang in the Bach St. Matthew Passion on Spanish Television. With the Monteverdi Choir/Gardiner, Daniel appeared in Handel's Messiah on their world tour, in Israel in Egypt at the BBC Proms; returning to the BBC Proms in recital with the Berlin Akamus.

Last season, new recordings were released: Handel Messiah with the Montreal Symphony/Nagano (for Sony) and the soundtrack with the Cirque du Soleil (Universal), Handel Messiah performances include Dallas Symphony/Rilling, Tafelmusik, with the Newfoundland Symphony/David, with the Israel Philharmonic/Rilling and with the Philharmonia Baroque/McGegan. With the National Arts Centre/Mattheus, he performed in Orff's Carmina Burana.  He joined Conductor Laurence Cummings at the opening of the 2012 Gottingen Handel Festival. On the operatic stage, he appeared at the Teatro Colon Buenos Aires in Handel's Rinaldo/Haselbock and in the world premiere Robert Lepage staging of the Thomas Ades Opera 'The Tempest'. 
In the 2012-2013 Season, Daniel will appear on a European tour with the Collegium Vocale de Gent/Herreweghe, in the Bach St. Matthew Passion with the Kammerchor Stuttgart/Bernius, Berstein's Chicester Psalms with the Washington Chorus/Wachner, Orff Carmina Burana with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Handel's Messiah with the Minnesota Symphony/Halls, Handel&Haydn Society Boston/Christophers (recording for CORO) and the Toronto Symphony/McGegan.  With the Magdalena Consort/Harvey, he records Bach Cantatas (for Channel Classics).
Daniel is Guest Artist at the University of Ottawa and Vocal Consultant at the Atelier Lyrique at L'Opera de Montreal.  As an educator, he has been invited to give master classes across North America as well as at the Royal Academy of Music, Beijing Conservatory, Guildhall School of Music and at the Royal College of Music London. Daniel is Artist Director of the International Festival of Sacred Music Quebec. Daniel is also Artistic Director and Conductor of the Choir and Orchestra of the Theatre of Early Music. The Theatre of Early Music performs more than 30 concerts every year in concert halls all over the world.

In September of 2012, Daniel was named Head of Early Music and Professor of Voice at the University of Toronto. His activities include directing the Schola Cantorum, maintaining a private voice studio and coaching students in the Opera Department.