New Zealand violinist Amelia Taylor has an active international career as a performer and pedagogue. Amelia is founder and director of ArcaSōnica, a chamber music collective that tours annually in Mexico bringing fresh and exciting performances with international musicians, as well as masterclasses, chamber music coachings, and side-by-side concerts with youth orchestra programs. As part of the Taylor-Larumbe duo, she has performed extensively in New Zealand, USA and Mexico. As well as keeping a busy chamber schedule, Taylor performs regularly with symphony orchestras, such as Opus Orchestra (NZ), Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra, Louisiana Philharmonic, Lansing Symphony, and Midland Symphony Orchestra.
A talented teacher, Amelia is a certified Suzuki instructor. Currently she has her own private studio in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where she teaches private and group lessons, as well as music theory. Amelia also works with the Community music center of Ann Arbor as an instructor in the youth chamber music program.
Amelia became fascinated with the violin as a toddler and began learning the violin through the Suzuki method. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Waikato University, where she was a Sir Edmund Hillary Scholar, as well as receiving multiple Blues awards. Her graduate studies include masters in violin performance from Louisiana State University with Espen Lilleslaten, former concertmaster of Bergen Philharmonic (Norway) and an artist diploma at the University of Michigan with David Halen, concertmaster of St. Louis Symphony.
Amelia has a rich and diverse pool of education to draw upon, from her teachers to her students. She is forever learning and experimenting with ways of teaching and self improvement.