Flutist Eileen Grycky and classical guitarist Christiaan Taggart make up the Taggart-Grycky Duo, in residence at the University of Delaware where Ms. Grycky and Mr. Taggart are members of the music faculty. Over the years the duo’s musicianship, charm and style have won them increasing acclaim from audiences and critics alike. Finalists in both the Concert Artists Guild competition and the East-West Artists competition in New York, the Taggart-Grycky Duo has performed in concert series throughout the U.S. and abroad. The Belgian press described the duo’s performance in Brussels as “breathtaking and virtuosic,” and Wilmington’s The News Journal said that the “duo should be heard again and again.” A critic for the Richmond Times-Dispatch wrote that “the duo’s informality was infectious; one would start to introduce a piece and the other would interrupt … after which the duo would turn in a sparkling performance.”
The Taggart-Grycky Duo’s interest in expanding the flute-guitar repertoire has led them to commission new works from composers Robert Maggio, Michael White, Daniel Dorif, Peter Flint and Jennifer Barker. Mr. Taggart has also arranged several transcriptions of music for the duo. The Taggart-Grycky Duo’s recordings have won praise from both Hi-Fidelity and Fanfare magazines. In 2009 both Ms. Grycky and Mr. Taggart received Artist Fellowships from the Delaware Division of the Arts. Ms. Grycky, who is also a member of the orchestra of the Opera Company of Philadelphia, the Delaware Symphony, the Brandywine Baroque Ensemble and the Del’Arte Wind Quintet, was awarded a solo recital fellowship in the Established Artist category. Mr. Taggart was awarded the highest honor presented by the Delaware Division of the Arts, the Masters Fellow, having been a previous winner in the Established Artist category.