New York City native George Taylor studied at the City College of New York and the Manhattan School of Music with Burton Kaplan, Raphael Bronstein, Jaime Laredo, and Michael Tree. From 1979 to 1986 he was a member of Duke University’s Ciompi String Quartet, and he was co-founder and conductor of the St. Stephens Chamber Orchestra in Durham, North Carolina (now known as Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle). Taylor was a member of the Black Music Repertory Ensemble, which presents music of American black composers in concerts throughout the country. He is currently a member of the Ritz Chamber Players and an active soloist, recitalist and chamber musician. Taylor joined the faculty at the Eastman School of Music in 1986 as Professor of Viola, and presents the Eastman Viola Workshop, an intensive technique program each summer.