Taylor Marino

Taylor Marino

On Stage

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 Auckland Philharmonic in New Zealand and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. 

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 2019-20? Why?
I am really looking forward to performing Beethoven Symphony No. 6 and Kodaly Dances of Galanta. I have studied these pieces for many years since they are especially important works in orchestral auditions and I have never performed them with a professional orchestra, so I am very excited to perform them for the first time! The Beethoven is such a warm, beautiful piece reflecting the charms of nature and the Kodaly is an epic Hungarian masterpiece with whimsical and rhapsodic clarinet solos. It will be a thrilling performance for me and I cannot wait for not only this program, but for all the other wonderful weeks we have programmed for next season as well! 

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.