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Nestor Taylor (b. 1963) belongs to the younger generation of Greek composers, with a strongly lyrical voice and an uninhibited tonal style of expression. Although his eclectic approach to composition never compromises individuality and artistic integrity, Taylor's music has the ability to communicate with a wide audience.

He studied music theory, harmony and counterpoint at the Athens Conservatory with George Diamantis and the distinguished composer and academic, Menelaos Pallantios. Taylor also studied composition at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Francis Shaw and at Royal Holloway, University of London, with John Woolrich and Peter Wiegold. He holds a number of diplomas and degrees in composition: L.G.S.M., Certificate of Advanced Studies (Guildhall School of Music) and M. Mus., M. Phil. (University of London).

Performances of his works have taken place in Greece (Athens Megaron Concert Hall, Greek National Opera, Goethe Institute and abroad (Conway Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Hellenic Centre and BMIC in London, Museo Revoltella in Trieste, Lubeck Opera Theatre, Schwartzsche Villa in Berlin, Kioi Hall in Tokyo, Philharmonic Hall in Odessa). In 1997, Taylor was short-listed by SPNM for his song cycle On a Ray of Winter Sun and, in 2002, his work And then it is Dusk for voice and chamber ensemble earned him the First Prize at the Mediterranean Composer's Competition.

He is a member of the Greek Composers Union, a founding member of the Athens Composers Forum, and author of the studies The Pythagorean Harmony (ed. Nefeli, 2000) and The Technique of String Divisi (ed. Orphens, 2007). Taylor has taught harmony and composition at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki since September 2004.

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