Taylor Brook

Core Lecturer, Music Humanities

Taylor Brook is a composer of concert music for large and small ensembles, both acoustically as well as using electronics and new technologies as well as commercial and production music for film, games, and television. Brook also writes music for video produced by visual artists, and music for theater and dance. Described as “gripping” and “engrossing” by the New York Times, his compositions have won numerous awards and prizes. His music has been performed around the world by ensembles and soloists such as the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, Quatuor Bozzini, JACK Quartet, MIVOS quartet, Talea Ensemble, Ensemble Ascolta, and others. Brook has won several SOCAN Young Composers awards, including two first place prizes and the grand prize in 2016 for his solo cello piece, Song. Brook has studied composition with Brian Cherney in Montreal, Luc Brewaeys in Brussels, and George Lewis and Georg Haas in New York. In Kolkata, India, he studied Hindustani musical performance with Pandit Debashish Bhattacharya. His music is often concerned with finely tuned microtonal sonorities, combining his interest in exploring the perceptual qualities of sound with an individual sense of beauty and form. Brook holds a master’s degree in music composition from McGill University. He currently resides in New York, where he is completing a doctorate in music composition at Columbia University with Fred Lerdahl. Brook is the technical director of TAK Ensemble and conducts also a freelance musician.