Christian Taggart, Senior Instructor, Classical Guitar
Senior Instructor, Classical Guitar
University of Delaware
315 Amy E. du Pont Music Building
Newark, DE 19716
Christiaan Taggart began his guitar studies at age 11 with Peter
Cologna and was the first guitarist to be accepted at the Philadelphia
College of Performing Arts (now University of the Arts), where he
received the Bachelor of Music. As an instructor in guitar at University
of Delaware, Mr. Taggart teaches all guitar majors and minors in weekly
repertoire classes and guitar ensemble, as well as classes for
non-majors. In addition to his performing and teaching, Mr. Taggart has
published flute-guitar transcriptions with Theodore Presser Company and
his music engraving has won four Paul Revere Awards for graphic
excellence in publishing.
As a soloist and ensemble performer,
Mr. Taggart has received high critical acclaim, and performs throughout
the country in recitals and as a soloist with orchestra. The News
Journal in Wilmington, Del. says, “He ought to be heard again and
again,” and Le jour-Le Courier in Brussels described Mr. Taggart as "a
master of his instrument ... he left the audience breathless."
appearances with the Delaware Symphony Orchestra include the Giuliani
Concerto Op. 30 and the American premiere of Malcolm Arnold's Serenade
for guitar and Strings. He has also performed Joaquín Rodrigo’s Concerto de Aranjuez with the Kennett Symphony and Dover Symphony Orchestra.
In 1997, Mr. Taggart received an Individual Artist Fellowship for solo performance from the state of Delaware, and in 2009 theDelaware State Arts Council awarded
him the Masters Individual Artist Fellowship in the Music-Solo Recital
category, the highest award the state gives to an artist in any
Mr. Taggart is one-half of the Taggart-Grycky Duo, one of the Department of Music’s resident faculty ensembles, with flutist Eileen Grycky.
In addition to presenting recitals throughout the year, the duo has
toured New England, Colorado, the southern United States and Europe,
where they won the Prix de Liege. They have been finalists in Concert
Artist Guild and East-West Artist competitions in New York. Their
recordings include Romantic Music for Flute and Guitar and Poetry and Madness.
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