David Taylor has been assistant concertmaster of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra since 1979. Born in Canton, Ohio, he began violin at age 4 and eventually studied with Rafael Druian at the Cleveland Institute of Music and Ivan Galamian and Dorothy DeLay at the Juilliard School. Taylor has made numerous solo appearances with the CSO, including performances with Sir Georg Solti. He has been concertmaster of the Milwaukee Symphony, acting-concertmaster of the Saint Louis Symphony, and performs with CSO cellist Gary Stucka and pianist Andrea Swan as the Pressenda Trio. A sought-after coach for orchestral violinists, Taylor has students in orchestras across the U.S. and Japan. Taylor lives in downtown Chicago with his wife violinist Michelle Wynton. He performs on his 1744 J.B. Guadagnini and his 1990 Joseph Curtin.