Jean-François Taillard began his musical studies with Robert
Faller at the Conservatoire de Musique in La Chaux-de-Fond
(Switzerland), his hometown. He continued his studies at the
Conservatoire Supérieur de Musique in Geneva under the tutelage
of Gregory Cass, where he was awarded the First Prize in French Horn
performance in 1985. In 1984, Jean-François Taillard was named
Second Horn of the Radiosinfonieorchester Basel, before finishing his
studies. Two years later he was appointed Principal Horn in the same
orchestra. He is currently Principal Horn of the Sinfonieorchester
Basel. Mr. Taillard has received the Swiss Youth Musical Award, the
Bela Siki Prize, and is a laureate of the Skene Aberdeen Festival
Jean-François Taillard performs regularly with the Swiss Baroque Soloists and the Kammerorchester Basel.
Jean-François Taillard is a very active musical arranger,
providing arrangements for the Basel Brass Quintet, the GECA brass, as well as for renowned orchestras such as the
Baltimore Symphony, the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, the Bolshoi Orchestra, the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, the Kammerorchester Basel and the
Sinfonieorchester Basel. He also provided arrangements for well known soloists like the cellist Sol Gabetta. Mr. Taillard’s arrangement of Maurice Ravel’s
Le Tombeau de Couperin is featured on a Sinfonieorchester Basel’s
CD dedicated exclusively to the works of Ravel.
An entire CD of Jean-François Taillard’s arrangements for very
large brass ensemble (six trumpets, four horns, four trombones, two
tubas, and percussion) has been released under the direction of Fred Mills
(formerly of the Canadian Brass).
- 2013 : "Russie éternelle", GECA brass.
Mr. Taillard is playing on a Reto Spada Horn (unique
model) . He is also playing on a historic Courtois natural horn (1820) and a Jungwirth Vienna Horn .
On his request, Rainer Egger has build a baroque natural horn after Eichentopf.
Gustav Malher, Kindertotenlieder No 1 (arrangement Jean-François Taillard) with the GECA brass
Johannes Brahms, Trio für Klavier, Violine
und Waldhorn (extract) with Brigitte Garzia-Capdeville and Axel Schacher (picture)
Wolfgang A. Mozart, Marcia alla francese, KV 251 with the Swiss Baroque Soloists (picture)
Ludwig van Beethoven, Septet for Winds and Strings (extract)
Georg Friedrich Haendel, from Riccardo Primo (extract) with the Kammerorchester Basel (Mark Gebahrt, Second Horn)