Taylor Marino joined the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra as Principal Clarinet in 2019. Growing up in Charlotte, Taylor is honored to be back in his hometown and was a member of the youth orchestra programs. Before joining the Charlotte Symphony, Taylor was the principal clarinetist of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra in New Orleans. In addition to his work with the Charlotte Symphony, Taylor has performed with many world-class orchestras including The Cleveland Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony, North Carolina Symphony, Pacific Symphony, and more. Taylor has also performed as guest principal of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra in New Zealand.
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. Summer fellowships attended include 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 StageFirst season with the Charlotte Symphony: 2018-19
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.