Maria del Pico Taylor

Professor Maria del Pico Taylor

Co-Founder and Director, The Dorothy Taubman Seminar

Professor Of Piano, Temple University, Philadelphia PA 19122

Artistic Director, Latin Fiesta Inc.


Maria del Pico Taylor, a native of Havana, Cuba, is a Professor of Piano at Temple University in Philadelphia; Co-founder and Co-director of The Dorothy Taubman Seminars in New York City and Founder and Artistic Director of Latin Fiesta Inc., an 8 member music ensemble under the management of Milton Orkin at Producers Inc. Tampa, FL. Latin Fiesta is listed in the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Directory of Artists in Education and on the Artists Roster of Young Audiences of Eastern Pennsylvania. The ensemble performs in-school concerts and conducts residencies for hundreds of children every year.

Latin Fiesta has commissioned several works from Latino composers to be performed with symphony orchestras. Recent Latin Fiesta appearances as soloists with orchestras include: The Philadelphia Classical Symphony and the Symphonies of Delaware; Grand Rapids, Michigan; Jackson, TN; Pottstown, PA, and Tulsa, OK. They have also performed pre-concert encounters in collaboration with the Philadelphia Orchestra. Latin Fiesta released its first CD, produced by world-renowned musician Oscar Hernandez in the Spring 2005. Latin Fiesta was invited to join the PennPAT artists roster in 2006.

Maria Taylor was the first Cuban pianist to receive the coveted Canada Council Grant for advanced studies at the University of Toronto, where she graduated with distinction with Artist and Licentiate Diplomas in Piano Performance and Pedagogy. She also holds a Masters Degree in Piano Performance from Northwestern University. Her teachers include Paul Stassevitch, Adele Marcus, and Dorothy Taubman. She has been working with Dorothy Taubman since 1980 and is responsible for introducing the Taubman piano technique to Philadelphia audiences. She is a frequent presenter of lecture and master classes on the Taubman technique at State and National Conventions throughout the USA. This includes: MTNA (Music Teachers National Association), and The National Conference on Piano Pedagogy.

Internationally she has been a guest clinician in France, Poland, England, Czech Republic, and most recently at the International Conference for Arts and Humanities in Honolulu, Hawaii in 2004, 2005, 2006. Her article on the Taubman technique was published by Clavier in 2006. In 1984 Maria Taylor was the winner of the Lindback Award for excellence in teaching at Temple University and in 1994 she was selected "Teacher of the Year" in the state of Pennsylvania by the Pennsylvania Music Teachers Association (PMTA).

Her expertise in Spanish and Latin American Piano Music has won her innumerable invitations to perform and present lecture-recitals both nationally and internationally. Ms. Taylor has premiered several Hispanic works in Philadelphia, including the Concerto Cubano by Paul Csonka with the Temple University Symphony Orchestra and the Concertino for Piano, Strings and Cymbals by Carlos Surinach with the Pennsylvania Pro Musica Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Franklin Zimmerman and Rimas for voice and piano by Roberto Sierra. As a distinguished Latino artist she has been nominated for many awards and was recently selected by the Iberoamerican Foundation as One of Six Outstanding Hispanic Women in the City of Philadelphia for her contributions to the promotion of Hispanic Music. Ms. Taylor's biography is listed in the International Who's Who in Music and the International Who's Who Among Women. In 1978 she was awarded a Notable American plaque in recognition of past achievements and outstanding service to community, state and nation.

Reviews - As A Clinician


“The best program we ever had.”

CAMPT
San Diego, California

 

“An outstanding session... an excellent pianist and Hispanic music advocate.”

Music Teachers National Association
Salt Lake City, Utah

Reviews - As A Performer


“Like a gentle whirlwind, the poised, but powerful pianist mesmerized a capacity audience.”

El Hispano
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

 

“An outstanding session... an excellent pianist and Hispanic music advocate.”

Music Teachers National Association
Salt Lake City, Utah

 

"Virtuoso keyboard excitement. The pianist met all the challenges of the Rapsodia Sinfonica by Turina superbly and delivered a potent performance."

Bob Freund
Fort Lauderdale, Florida

 

"A highly versatile and sensitive artist... equally at ease as a soloist, as an accompanist or as a chamber musician."

Robert Sherman
The New York Times, New York