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Counter-tenor Daniel Taylor hosts This Is My Music

Cathy Irving

Daniel Taylor is one of the superstar counter-tenors of our time. Sought out by early music specialists such as John Eliot Gardiner and Dame Emma Kirkby, Taylor has worked with directors Peter Sellars and Jonathan Miller in performances of Baroque operas. His recordings have earned high praise from Gramophone and BBC Music Magazine and nominations from the Junos. Taylor has now made about a hundred CDs making him one of Canada's most prolific recording artists.

While the centre of Taylor's repertoire lies in lute songs and sacred music, his is also at home singing with modern orchestras. He had a role in the Robert Lepage production of The Tempest, a new opera by Thomas Ades.

Taylor grew up in Ottawa singing in choirs. While at university in Montreal, Taylor studied philosophy and religion along with music. He went to England for further studies before returning to Montreal to embark on his career in music. Now, alongside his busy performing schedule both in Canada and abroad, Taylor also coaches singers. In 2001, he also formed his own ensemble, The Theatre of Early Music.

In 2012, Taylor became the Artistic Director of the Quebec International Festival of Sacred Music. He was then invited to head the brand new department of early music at the University of Toronto.

On this edition of This Is My Music, Taylor shares some of the selections that he loves and the stories behind his choices.

This Is My Music is heard Saturdays on Radio 2 at 10:00 am ET.

Countertenor Daniel Taylor hosts This Is My Music

Daniel Taylor shares his favourite music on This Is My Music