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Photo of Christopher Taylor (Christopher Taylor was the first American to compete in the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition finals in 1993.)

Fortas: Christopher Taylor, Pianist

In his Kennedy Center debut, the celebrated pianist performs Messiaen's masterpiece, “Vingt regards sur l'enfant-Jésus.”

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While Christopher Taylor has a well-earned reputation for his exquisite performances of Bach and his exciting performances of romantic piano concertos, he has captured the attention of the music world with his recent tour de force programming of Olivier Messiaen's vingt regards sur l'enfant Jésus. "Before a rapt audience at the Miller Theater on Saturday night, Mr. Taylor, a lanky 31-year-old pianist who graduated summa cum laude in mathematics from Harvard, gave an astonishing performance of Messiaen's complete Vingt regards sur l'enfant-Jésus, more than two hours of some of the most complex and difficult music ever written for the piano. And he played the 176-page score from memory ….there was fancy, beauty, tenderness, and white-hot energy in his playing….His performance was a highlight of the season” (Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times).
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