Born In Tulsa, OK
Resides In Chicago, IL
Leo Taylor begins his position as the Principal Timpanist with the West Michigan Symphony in the 2019–2020 season. He currently serves as a Section Percussionist with the Battle Creek Symphony Orchestra, and an Associate Timpanist with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago for the 2019–2020 season. He served as an Associate Timpanist with the Civic Orchestra during 2018-2019 and Associate Percussionist for the 2017-2018 season.
Leo Taylor is currently pursuing a Master’s in Orchestral Studies from the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University, from the studio of Ed Harrison of the Lyric Opera of Chicago and Vadim Karpinos of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He has a Bachelor of Music Degree from DePaul University School of Music where he studied with Eric Millstein of the Lyric Opera of Chicago and David Herbert of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He also holds a diploma from the Interlochen Arts Academy.
He has performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Illinois Philharmonic, and while with the Civic Orchestra, a performance of Osvaldo Golijov’s concerto Azul with Yo-Yo Ma, Jamey Haddad, Cyro Baptista and Michael Ward-Bergeman. As a student at the Eastern Music Festival, he performed with the Eastern Music Festival Faculty Orchestra and Nadja Solerno-Sonnenberg in recital. While a student at Interlochen Arts Academy, he performed in a concert featuring soloist Mark O’Connor in O’Connor’s composition, The Improvised Violin Concerto.
Leo has performed with conductors Matthias Pintscher, Marin Alsop, Emil de Cou, Rafael Payare, Francesco Lecce-Chong, Gerard Schwarz, and Edwin Outwater.
He was the 3rd place winner of the Modern Snare Drum Competition in 2017 and a 2nd place winner in 2018, Honorable Mention recipient for YoungArts in 2014 & 2015.
Sponsored by Douglas and Janet Hoch