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Praised by the Pizzicato Magazine as “enchanting,” Taylor Ann Fleshman is an award-winning soloist and active ensemble performer with a diverse performance history. She performed the world premiere of Mosolov’s Harp Concerto with the Moscow Symphony Orchestra in Russia and recorded the work with Naxos Records in 2019. After her performance in Moscow, she was invited to perform the North American premiere of the concerto at the PRISMA Festival in Canada. In 2018, she made her solo debut in Asia with Mozetich’s The Passion of Angels concerto with the Jakarta Simfonia Orchestra. Most recently, she performed Dóhnanyi’s Harp Concertino in New York with The Orchestra Now.

Taylor serves as the harp professor at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA as well as the harpist with “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in Washington, D.C. As a member upholding the "The President’s Own" revered mission of providing musical support for the President of the United States, she regularly performs at the White House as well as in the Washington D.C. area and across the country during the band’s national concert tour. She has been a featured soloist with the Marine Band and Marine Chamber Orchestra on multiple occasions, most notably on Augusta Read Thomas’ “Absolute Ocean” and Jan Koetsier’s “Introduction and Variations on the Vyšehrad Theme.”

Prior to her appointment in the Marine Band, she was the principal harpist with The Orchestra Now in New York, associate member with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, and co-principal with the Richmond Symphony Orchestra. Taylor has also performed as guest principal harp with the Albany Symphony and Virginia Symphony Orchestra and second harp with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. In addition to her classical performances, she has performed with the Grammy-winning rock band Evanescence and Irish singing group Celtic Thunder.

She has won top prizes in international and regional competitions, such as first prize from the Pacific Region International Summer Music Academy's concerto competition, second prize from the Ceren Necipoglu International Competition (chamber division), second prize at the National Society of Arts and Letters Competition, and two-time winner of the Three Arts Competition. Throughout her career, she has performed in venues across the globe, such as Carnegie Hall, National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts in Taiwan, Tchaikovsky Hall in Russia, Windsor Chapel in England, Melk Abbey in Austria, Oslo City Hall in Norway, Symphony Center in Chicago, amongst others.

Taylor earned her master’s degree, as a recipient of the Barbara and David Jacobs Fellowship, at Indiana University under Florence Sitruk, her bachelor’s degree at the University of Cincinnati under Dr. Gillian Benet Sella, and her high school diploma from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts under Jacquelyn Bartlett. She has completed additional studies at Aspen Music Festival, National Orchestral Institute, and Bowdoin Music Festival. She is a native of North Carolina.

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