Meet Our Musicians

Taylor Marino

Taylor Marino

On Stage

Taylor Marino joined the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra as Principal Clarinet in 2019. Growing up in Charlotte, Taylor was a member of the Charlotte Symphony Youth Orcehstra program. Before joining the Charlotte Symphony, he had won the principal clarinet position with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra in New Orleans. In addition to his work with the Charlotte Symphony, Taylor has performed with many orchestras including The Cleveland Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony, North Carolina Symphony, Pacific Symphony, and more. Taylor has appeared as a soloist and winner of the concerto competition at both the Brevard Music Festival and at Aspen Music Festival. Taylor was also a grand prize winner in the 2014 Vandoren Emerging Artist competition as well as a first prize winner in the Pasadena Showcase competition in California. During the summers he has attended the Tanglewood Music Center, where he was awarded the Gino B. Cioffi memorial prize, the Pacific Music Festival in Japan, Spoleto Festival USA, Music Academy of the West and the Aspen Music Festival as an AACA fellow. Taylor graduated from the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan and holds a bachelor's degree from the Manhattan School of Music where he studied with Mark Nuccio and a master’s degree and professional studies certificate from the Colburn Conservatory where he studied with Yehuda Gilad.

Off Stage

First season with the Charlotte Symphony: 2018-19

Which Classical program(s) most excite you looking ahead to 2018-19? Why?
I am very excited to perform Don Juan and Scheherazade in my first classical concert with Music Director Christopher Warren-Green. These works have wonderful virtuosic and singing wind parts and I am exciting to perform this piece will all my new colleagues. I am also looking forward to performing Brahms 3rd Symphony in March with guest conductor Gemma New. Gemma is a wonderful artist that I was fortunate to work with at Tanglewood and Brahms' 3rd symphony is such a beautiful work with incredible writing for the clarinet.

Do you have a personal connection or tie-in to any program this season?
Brahms Symphony No. 3 is a very special piece to me because it is one of the first works I performed with orchestra when I went to the Interlochen Arts Academy. It was a magical experience, and the principal wind players that I performed this with in high school have gone on to incredible careers (Chicago Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, major solo competitions). This piece is also very important for most clarinetists because it is found on almost every audition list for any professional orchestra. It will be wonderful to perform this masterpiece again with a fantastic professional orchestra.

Of our film-in-concert offerings, which are you most looking forward to? Why?
I am looking forward to performing Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. I love movie concerts and already have many friends in Charlotte who are excited to attend. However, I have heard from many of my musician friends that the Harry Potter parts are very hard, so I should be careful what I wish for!
Which superpower would you most like to have and why?
If I could have a superpower, I would like to fly.

What’s your favorite thing to do in Charlotte (when not performing)?
Since my parents and brother are here in Charlotte, I enjoy going out to eat and spending time with them. There are so many amazing breweries and spots for good food.