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FREDERICK TAYLOR

FREDERICK TAYLOR

VIOLINIST

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Born in London to British and Sri Lankan parentage, Frederick began his musical education aged three, studying with Margaret Engering of the Suzuki Violin School. Following tuition from Dr. Shinʼichi Suzuki himself in Matsumoto, Japan, and at the junior department of the Royal College of Music, he went on to receive a first class MusB(Hons) degree from the University of Manchester, and was later awarded the Gladys Bratton, Montague Cleeve & TCM Trust scholarships for postgraduate study at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.

Since then has performed across the world, making solo appearances with the Evergreen Symphony Orchestra in Taiwan, and performing with the Symphony Orchestra of India and Ahmadi Music Group in Kuwait. Closer to home he performs with ensembles including the Multi-Story Orchestra, Charles Hazelwood’s Army of Generals, and the Paradisal Players, with concerts broadcast live as part of the BBC Proms, and on BBC One and BBC Radio 3. He has also made solo appearances at St John's Smith Square, the Wigmore Hall and Purcell Room.

A versatile musician, Frederick has toured extensively with the comedy string quartet Graffiti Classics, and has performed with Mary J. Blige and hip hop pioneer Grandmaster Melle Mel. He has collaborated with a diverse range of artists, from tours with Edgar Meyer and Béla Fleck, to recordings with Rick Wakeman, to performances with grime artists Merky Ace and Jammer live on BBC 1Xtra and at festivals such as Wilderness and Bestival. With a firm interest in new music, Frederick has played with the contemporary ensemble Vaganza around England, and has performed for Gabriel Prokofiev's label NONCLASSICAL.

With a committed ideal of inspiring current and future generations, Frederick is involved in many outreach projects, bringing classical music to unexpected places, such as school playgrounds, car parks, and night clubs. He is a tutor on the Bournemouth Chamber Music Course, and is involved in education projects across Europe and Asia, as well as local primary school projects with the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

A lifelong interest in science has led to Frederick recently completing an MSc. in Music, Mind, and Brain, at Goldsmiths, University of London, where he studied the cognitive psychology of music and its neural correlates. He is currently broadening this exploration by undertaking a further MSc. in Computational Neuroscience.