Jean-François Taillard


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 Competition (Scotland).

JF Taillard

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)