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 15 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 (now Flute Artist). 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.
READ Virginia's thoughts on why music education matters in this CutCommon interview.