Taylor Skiff


Hometown: Mequon, Wisconsin
Alma maters: University of Wisconsin – Madison, The Juilliard School
Awards/Competitions: Winner, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Young Artist Competition; Winner, Civic Music Association of Milwaukee, High School Showcase Competition; Winner, University of Wisconsin–Madison, Concerto Competition; Winner, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, Young Artist Competition; Runner-up, Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra, Concerto Competition
Appearance: Dubuque Symphony Orchestra, Madison Symphony Orchestra, The Juilliard School’s ChamberFest
Instagram: @taylor.skiff
Twitter: @TaylorSkiff
Musical origins: I began playing cello at the age of 9 because someone told me I was too old to start playing the violin.
Most fun piece to play: In the orchestra setting, Richard Strauss’ Le bourgeois gentilhomme
Favorite composer fact: Mozart composed the overture to Don Giovanni the night before its premiere.
The thing most people don’t know about classical music: That they like it
Favorite non-classical band:
The Beatles
Musical guilty pleasure: The Bee Gees
Best music to play on repeat: Pet Sounds by The Beach Boys
Last book read: Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
Piece of advice for a young classical musician: Have fun and make music.
Time travel destination: 1939 Hollywood