Anthony Taylor has been on the faculty of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro College of Visual and Performing Arts and Principal Clarinet of the Winston-Salem Symphony since 2007. He has been an Artist/Teacher for the Eastern Music Festival since 2013 and previously served on the faculty of the Hot Springs Music Festival (Arkansas) from 2008–2012. He has formerly held positions with the Spokane Symphony, the Boise Philharmonic, Washington State University, Eastern Washington University, and Whitman College.
Taylor’s clarinet playing can be heard on the Navona, Centaur, Naxos American Classics and Gothic recording labels, most recently on two Centaur Records projects with New Music Raleigh and on Exhaling Space, a Navona release of UNCG composer Alejandro Rutty’s. Other recent recordings include the world premiere recording of Brett William Dietz’s opera introspective Headcase and the debut recording of composer DJ Sparr, 21207. He is currently finishing up a new recording project of electroacoustic works featuring works of several living composers, including Thea Musgrave, Alejandro Rutty, D. Edward Davis, and Aleksander Sternfeld-Dunn.
Performances by Andy Hudson have been hailed as “fearless” and praised for “an uncommon singularity of purpose, technical virtuosity, youthful vigor and a mature sensitivity.” He has performed across the United States and in Canada, Belgium, Germany, and Switzerland in venues such as Carnegie Hall’s ‘Weill Recital Hall,’ Chicago’s ‘Symphony Center,’ Hamburg’s ‘Elbphilharmonie,’ and the ‘KKL Luzern.’ Andy has won top honors at the MTNA National Senior Woodwind Competition, the Jaqueline Avent Memorial Concerto Competition, the MTNA Southern Chamber Music Competition, and both the Northwestern University and Columbus State University Concerto Competitions. A noted interpreter of contemporary music, Andy has premiered and commissioned dozens of works to date and has performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra on their MusicNOW series, with Ensemble Dal Niente, and at the Bang on a Can Summer Marathon, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Eastman School of Music, and Constellation. He is clarinetist and bass clarinetist with dynamic mixed-chamber sextet Latitude 49, with whom he recently held residencies at Princeton University and Baylor University, and is a founding member of the trio F-PLUS. Andy has been principal clarinet of the Tennessee Valley Music Festival Orchestra since 2010, where each summer he joins the Artist-Faculty to work with middle and high school students from around the Southeast United States and Costa Rica. Andy is currently Lecturer of Clarinet at the University of North Carolina Greensboro, and holds degrees from Northwestern University and Columbus State University’s Schwob School of Music. His primary teachers have included Steve Cohen, J. Lawrie Bloom, and Lisa Oberlander. When he’s not practicing, Andy enjoys running, watching baseball, reading, and acquiring obscure instruments.