FREDERICK TAYLOR

violin | Neuroscience

Violin

Born in London to British and Sri Lankan parentage, Frederick began his musical education aged three. Following tuition at the Suzuki Violin School in Matsumoto, Japan, and at the junior department of the Royal College of Music, he went on to read Music at the University of Manchester, where he specialised in contemporary classical & electroacoustic composition, and performance. He was later awarded the Gladys Bratton, Montague Cleeve & TCM Trust scholarships for postgraduate study at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.

Since then he has performed across the world, making solo appearances with the Evergreen Symphony Orchestra in Taiwan, and performing with the Symphony Orchestra of India and Ahmadi Music Group in Kuwait. Closer to home he performs with ensembles including the Multi-Story Orchestra, Charles Hazelwood’s Army of Generals, and the Paradisal Players, with concerts broadcast live as part of the BBC Proms, and on BBC One and BBC Radio 3. He has also made solo appearances at St John's Smith Square, the Wigmore Hall and Purcell Room.

A versatile musician, Frederick has toured extensively with the comedy string quartet Graffiti Classics, and has performed with Mary J. Blige and hip hop pioneer Grandmaster Melle Mel. He has collaborated with a diverse range of artists, from tours with Edgar Meyer and Béla Fleck, to recordings with Rick Wakeman and performances with grime artists Merky Ace & Jammer live on BBC 1Xtra. Frederick also is an experienced jazz musician and improviser, and has performed with the Glenn Miller Orchestra and Outlook Orchestra.

Neuroscience

Frederick holds a degree in Cognitive Psychology and is completing a degree in Computational Neuroscience. With a keen interest in combining the disciplines of science and music, his current research investigates how musical training modulates functional network architecture of the human brain. Through analysis of resting state EEG data, he hopes to identify a neural signature of musicality.