Associate Professor Virginia Taylor’s love of the flute began at the age of 10 after having spent several years learning the recorder. After gaining a scholarship to study at the Sydney Conservatorium at the age of 16, she continued her studies there through the Conservatorium High School program, before moving to Canberra where she studied for four years with Vernon Hill.
Subsequently, A/Prof Taylor went on to win The National Australian Flute Competition and then, a short while later, 1st Prize in the ABC’s Young Performer of the Year, winning outright in the overall category section.
A/Prof Taylor has given recitals in all capital cities of Australia, and performed as soloist with almost all of the Symphony Australia Orchestras, as well as having been guest Principal Flute for many of these Orchestras on numerous occasions.
Along side her love of solo and orchestral repertoire, A/Prof Taylor has always equally enjoyed playing chamber music with some of her long-standing friends and colleagues. Her collaboration with Australian guitarist, Timothy Kain, has continued for more than 15 years, and they have continued to expand the flute and guitar repertoire by commissioning new works for this instrumental combination. The duo has been augmented on many occasions to include cellist David Pereira. A/Prof Taylor has also recorded two CDs with Kain for the Tall Poppies and ABC labels. Their CD entitled For Flute and Guitar was listed as a best selling classical release.
Overseas concerts have taken A/Prof Taylor to the USA, China, Singapore, Hong Kong, India and Saudi Arabia. In 2002, she appeared as soloist with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, as well as conducting a series of master classes for the Shanghai Conservatorium. She also featured as soloist with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra in their subscription series. Virginia continued performing and touring as Principal Flute in 2004 with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, a position she has held for 10 years. In 2004, A/Prof Taylor will play a recital at the opening of the Youth Festival of Music in Christchurch, New Zealand, as well as appearing as soloist with the Xiamen Philharmonic Orchestra.
Complementing A/Prof Taylor’s performing career is a love of teaching. She has been a School of Music faculty member since 1986, including as Head of Woodwind.