Kristín Jónína Taylor is an Icelandic-American pianist who has been
enthusiastically received for her performances of Nordic piano works,
including the North American premiere of Jón Nordal’s Piano Concerto in
2003 and programs by invitation in Washington D.C. for the Ambassador
of Iceland and President Vigdís Finnbogadóttir. She has performed
widely in the U.S. as well as in Iceland, France, the Czech Republic,
Belgium, Sweden, and Austria. |
As a foreign student in Iceland
when she was 16, Kristín studied piano with Halldór Haraldsson. At the
University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music, her mentors
were Joanne Baker and Richard Cass. In June of 2006, Kristín received
the Doctorate of Musical Arts in Piano Performance at the University of
Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music where she studied with Eugene
and Elizabeth Pridonoff. She has also studied in Europe with Diane
Andersen, Daniel Blumenthal, Jacques Lagarde, Perfecto Garcia Chornet,
Vit Gregor, and Einar-Steen Nokleberg.
Dr. Taylor was the
Grand Prize Winner of the Naftzger Young Artist Competition and a
national finalist in the Music Teacher’s National Association Young
Chang Collegiate Competition. In 2003 she was invited to give a
performance at the Classical Hall of Fame in Cincinnati, Ohio. She was
a soloist with several orchestras, including the Independence Symphony,
the Jefferson City Symphony, and the UMKC Symphony Orchestra.
Additionally, she was featured with the University of Cincinnati
College – Conservatory Philharmonia as winner of the Brahms d minor
Concerto Competition and performed the Falla Nights in the Gardens of
Spain by invitation with the same orchestra the following year. Kristín
gave a performance of an all-Schumann program at the internationally
prestigious Reykjavík Arts Festival in May of 2006.
was the recipient of a Fulbright grant to Iceland in 2004-2005 to
conduct research for her doctoral thesis on Jón Nordal ’s Piano
Concerto. She received another Fulbright Scholar grant award to Iceland
for the Fall of 2010 to research the music of Þorkell Sigurbjörnsson.
In addition, her debut CD recording The Well-Tempered Pianist: The solo
piano works of Thorkell Sigurbjörnsson was released by the Iceland
Music Information Centre in November 2010. Her second album, which is
self-titled, was released by Pólarfónía Records in March 2011.
Kristín is the Associate Professor of Music in Piano and the Keyboard Area Coordinator at Waldorf College.