The Phil and Eli Taylor Performance Academy for Young Artists
On April 4, 2013 The Royal Conservatory announced a transformational gift of $2.5 million from Phil and Eli Taylor. In honour of this extraordinary contribution The Royal Conservatory’s Young Artists Performance Academy will be named The Phil and Eli Taylor Performance Academy for Young Artists.
The Royal Conservatory created The Young Artists Performance Academy to formalize its existing program for extraordinary young musicians aged nine to 18. Built on the philosophy that young talent, when properly nurtured and expertly trained, can become great talent, today The Taylor Academy is recognized as one of the finest training programs for young artists in North America.
The Taylor Academy provides exceptional teaching by dedicated faculty, as well as access to outstanding facilities and performance opportunities. This comprehensive program has developed the performance skills, musicianship, and academic excellence of its students, creating concert artists; members of major orchestras and ensembles; teachers; and cultural leaders. Graduates of the program include many of Canada’s leading performing artists, such as Mariko Anraku, Martin Beaver, Roman Borys, Robert Gleadow, Stewart Goodyear, Yi-Jia Susanne Hou, and Jan Lisiecki—individuals who have achieved success and recognition around the world and allowed Canada to take its place among global leaders in the performing arts.