Adam Taylor and Emily Wilson first met in 2018, teaching at the Manchester Grammar School. After hearing each other practising in between lessons, they decided to team up, and work on some duo repertoire together.
Finding a shared passion for the music of the Romantic period and 20th century, they developed a strong musical rapport, and a curious attitude to the stories and ideas behind this music.
Despite the pandemic, recent performances have included Bury Parish Church, and the coffee concert series at St James and Emmanuel, Didsbury. Summer 2022 will see the Orion Duo's first UK tour including the renowned Budleigh Salterton Music Festival, St Stephen's Church Bristol, and a separate performance at Sounds of the City, Sheffield.
Adam Taylor - Piano
Originally from Newcastle Adam started playing the piano at the age of eleven. He studied with Head of Keyboard at Newcastle University, David Murray and at the age of 18 went to study at The Royal College of Music in London. Adam completed his undergraduate degree with Gordon Fergus-Thompson and his Masters with Dina Parakhina.
As a soloist Adam has performed across the U.K. and as a lead at venues including The Bridgewater Hall, The Sage Gateshead, Newcastle City Hall and Rachmaninoff Hall in Moscow. Adam is also an active chamber musician and has performed in a number of ensembles.
Adam is passionate about music education and teaches at Withington Girls’ School and The Manchester Grammar School.
Emily Wilson - Clarinet
Emily graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music with Distinction in 2016. During her studies Emily won the RNCM Gilbert-Fell prize for contemporary solo performance, a music at Beaulieu award and third prize in the Virovitica international clarinet competition. She has played principal clarinet for contemporary music group Divertimento Ensemble in Milan, and also in a contemporary Britten-Pears ensemble led by Jessica Cottis, creating new music with young composers for the 2020 Aldeburgh Festival.
Solo performances include Weber’s 1st clarinet concerto with the Loughborough Symphony Orchestra, Copland’s Clarinet Concerto in Huddersfield Town Hall and the world premiere of Fisher's Bass Clarinet Concerto. Alongside Sinfonia Cymru, Emily does extras work for multiple UK orchestras such as the Ulster Orchestra, the Halle, RLPO, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Opera North and the CBSO; this has included a recent Grammy nominated recording on Deutsche Grammophon playing bass clarinet for the CBSO under Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla in Weinberg’s Symphony No. 21.