Virginia Taylor was the winner of The National Australian Flute Competition. This was followed shortly being awarded, 1st Prize in the ABC’s “Young Performer of the Year”, winning outright in the overall category section.
Virginia has given recitals in all Capital cities of Australia, and performed as soloist with almost all of the Symphony Australia Orchestras, as well as having been guest Principal Flute for many of these Orchestras on numerous occasions.
Virginia equally enjoys playing chamber music with some of her long-standing friends and colleagues, including many performances at The Australian Festival of Chamber Music The Canberra International Music Festival, Tutti Beijing and the Hong Kong Music Festival. Her collaboration with guitarist Timothy Kain has continued for more than 20 years, and together they have recorded CDs for the Tall Poppies, ABC labels and Move labels. Their CD entitled “For Flute and Guitar” was listed as a best-selling classical release.
Overseas concerts have taken Virginia to the USA, China, Singapore, Hong Kong, India and Saudi Arabia. She has appeared as Soloist with many orchestras in China including The Shanghai, Hang Zhou, Guangzhou and Xiamen Symphony Orchestras.
Virginia was Principal Flute with Australia’s leading Chamber Orchestra, The Australian Chamber Orchestra for over 10 years.
Virginia is guest lecturer and performer at many national and international flute events, universities, and festivals, and in 2012 was an “Artist in Residence” at Arizona State University.
Until 2012, Virginia was Associate Professor of Flute at the Australian National University for more than 25 years. In 2013, Virginia accepted the position of Coordinator of Flute at the Australian National Academy of Music in Melbourne. She is also Co-Principal Flute of the Canberra Symphony Orchestra. In August 2013, Virginia performed the Australian premiere of Matthew Hindson’s complete version of his flute concerto “House Music” as part of the CSOs subscription series. In July of 2013, Virginia was the guest flute soloist and artist and the “Tutti Youth World Music Festival” in Beijing. Many of Virginia’s former students now hold major positions in orchestras and ensembles throughout the world. Her flute studio is recognised as a leader in the field of performance both nationally and internationally.
One of Virginia’s interests is to foster and grow the flute fraternity in Australia and beyond. Her role as Co-Artistic Director of the bi-annual Australian Flute Festival ensures that there is an event provided to the flute playing community which allows and encourages exchange of ideas and developments both nationally and internationally.