Lutenist David Tayler received his B.A. in music and interdisciplinary studies from Hunter College and his M.A. and Ph.D. in musicology from the University of California, Berkeley, where he studied performance practice with Philip Brett and Alan Curtis and musicology with Richard Crocker, Daniel Heartz, Anthony Newcomb, and Joseph Kerman.
Tayler is a member of Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Arcadian Academy, Festspiel Orchester Göttingen, Parnassus Avenue and Magnificat, and he is the director of Voices of Music. Tayler has appeared with American Bach Soloists, Tafelmusik, San Francisco Opera, San Francisco Symphony, Dallas Bach Society, Oregon Bach Festival, Concerto Köln, and Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, among others. He has recorded for Magnatune, BIS, Harmonia Mundi USA, Koch International, ORF, Sony, Reference, Arabesque, BMG, RCA, Musica Omnia, and Teldec.
As a specialist in the art song of the early 17th century, Tayler has performed in lute song recitals throughout Europe and the United States, and he has directed the Collegium at both the Amherst Early Music Festival and the San Francisco Early Music Society Renaissance Workshop.