Hester Taylor was fortunate to begin her violin studies at the age of five with noted Suzuki teacher and Dr. Shinichi Suzuki trainee, Lorraine Fink, at the Colburn Community School of Performing Arts. At age 12 she began her studies with Aimée Kreston, current Concertmaster of the Pasadena Symphony Orchestra and former Concertmaster of L’Orchestre de Paris. While Hester continued her studies with Ms. Kreston, she also studied with John Kendall at the Suzuki Institute of Southern California, and was an invited performer in master classes with Almita Vamos, Joseph Silverstein, Martin Chalifour, and Michael McLean. While attending Encore School for Strings, she studied with Cleveland Institute of Music faculty members David Updegraff and David Russell.
At the age of 16, Ms. Taylor was accepted to the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California on a merit scholarship. While at USC, she studied with Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra Concertmaster Margaret Batjer, as well as Midori Goto, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree.
After graduating from USC, Hester pursued her interest in the Suzuki Violin Method. She attended Suzuki Teacher Training at summer institutes in Texas, Utah, and California, and is a Certified Suzuki Instructor for violin.
Ms. Taylor has performed with many renowned musicians including Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Carl St. Clair, Ronald Leonard, and Edwin Outwater. She has performed internationally as a soloist and chamber musician. As both a chamber and orchestra member, Ms. Taylor has performed on KUSC, and at Walt Disney Concert Hall, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, and LACMA. During the summers, Ms. Taylor is a member of the Eastern Sierra Symphony and coaches chamber groups at the Pasadena Conservatory of Music’s Chamber Intensive program.
Ms. Taylor joined the faculty of the Colburn Community School of Performing Arts in 2014.