Brant Taylor was appointed to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra by Daniel Barenboim. He was previously cellist of the Everest Quartet, prizewinners at the Banff and Fischoff Chamber Music Competitions, as well as a member of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra. His varied career includes solo appearances and collaborations with leading musicians throughout North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia.

A dedicated teacher of both cello and chamber music, Mr. Taylor has combined performance and pedagogy throughout his career, conducting master classes and writing articles on a wide variety of musical topics. He is a member of the faculty of DePaul University’s School of Music.

A fan of many styles of music, Mr. Taylor had a seven-year association with the band Pink Martini, appearing on “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” “The Late Show with David Letterman,” at the Hollywood Bowl with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and in nightclubs and theaters across North America. He can be heard on Pink Martini’s studio release, “Hey Eugene.”

Mr. Taylor holds a Bachelor of Music degree and a Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music and a Master of Music degree is from Indiana University. His primary teachers have been Janos Starker and Paul Katz.