Taillard began his musical studies with Robert Faller at the
Conservatoire de Musique in La Chaux-de-Fond (Switzerland), his
hometown. He continued his studies at the Conservatoire
Supérieur de Musique in Geneva under the tutelage of Gregory
Cass, where he was awarded the First Prize in French Horn performance
In 1994, Jean-François Taillard was named second Horn of the
Radiosinfonieorchester Basel, before finishing his studies. Two years
later he was appointed Principal Horn in the same orchestra. He is
currently Principal Horn of the Sinfonieorchester Basel.
Mr. Taillard has received the Swiss Youth Musical Award, the Bela Siki
Prize, and is a laureate of the Skene Aberdeen Festival Competition
In addition to his work with the Basel Brass Quintet,
Jean-François Taillard performs regularly with the Novus Brass
Quartet, the Swiss Wind Quintet, and the Swiss Soloists.
Jean-François Taillard is a very active musical arranger,
providing arrangements for the Basel Brass Quintet, the Grand Ensemble
de Cuivres d’Alsace, as well as for renowned orchestras such as the
Baltimore Symphony, the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin and the Sinfonieorchester Basel.
Mr. Taillard’s arrangement of Maurice Ravel’s Le Tombeau de Couperin is
featured on the Sinfonieorchester Basel’s latest CD, dedicated exclusively to the works of Ravel.
An entire CD of Jean-François Taillard’s arrangements for very
large brass ensemble (six trumpets, four horns, four trombones, two
tubas, and percussion) under the direction of Fred Mills (formerly of
the Canadian Brass) has just been released.
Jean-François Taillard is playing on a Reto Spada Horn (unique model).
He is also playing on an historic Courtois Horn (1820) and a Egger baroque horn.
Gustav Malher, Kindertotenlieder No 1 with the GECA.
Johannes Brahms, Trio für Klavier, Violine und Waldhorn with Brigitte Garzia-Capdeville and Axel Schacher.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Mozart, Marchia a la francese, KV 251 with the Swiss Baroque Soloists.