Benjamin H. Culley Teaching Artist in Residence, Violin
Education: M.M., CSU Northridge; D.M.A., The Julliard School
Violinist Lyndon Johnston Taylor is the principal second violinist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and an artist faculty member at Occidental College. His musical career began at the age of five when his siblings formed the Taylor String Quartet, later described as "the Osmonds of the classical world." As a young chamber musician, Taylor performed hundreds of community concerts under professional management throughout North America and Europe.
Artist-teachers contributing to Taylor's musical development include Dorothy DeLay, Ruggiero Ricci, William Primrose, Joseph Gingold, Jascha Heifetz, and the Juilliard, Guarneri and Fine Arts Quartets. Taylor is a winner of the Coleman Chamber Music Award, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago Soloist Auditions, the Manogue International Young Artist's Competition, the Joseph Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, the Pretoria International String Competition, the Lipizer International Competition in Italy, and the 2000 Adventist Alumni Achievement Award for the Arts.
In his frequent chamber music performances, Taylor has collaborated with Emmanuel Ax and Ronald Leonard, the Fine Arts Quartet, XTET, the Kennedy Center Chamber players, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music Group. He led two groups of LA Philharmonic musicians at the prestigious 2003 Edinburgh Festival. He has performed as a soloist with numerous orchestras worldwide. And as an orchestral musician, Lyndon Johnston Taylor served as associate concertmaster for the Aspen Chamber Symphony, concertmaster for the Redlands Symphony (CA), Riverside Symphony (CA), leading member of the Concerto Soloists Chamber Orchestra (PA), and assistant concertmaster for the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.
Taylor has taught violin since the age of 10. Many of his students are successful performing orchestral artists and university educators. His prior university appointments include the University of Redlands (CA), Andrews University (MI), La Sierra University (CA), and the University of Southern California.