With a repertoire ranging from Renaissance to contemporary music, tenor James Taylor, a native of Texas, devotes much of his career to oratorio and concert literature, particularly the works of J.S. Bach. One of the most sought after Evangelists, he has performed in South America, Japan, Israel, the United States and throughout the great concert halls of Europe, including the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and Royal Albert Hall in London. In March 1997, singing the St Matthew Passion, he made his Vienna Musikverein début to great critical acclaim. For many years now, he has toured extensively with conductor Helmuth Rilling, performing a wide range of compositions, including the Creation, the Messiah and Bach’s Christmas Oratorio and Passions. He also appears regularly with the same conductor at the Oregon Bach Festival. Additionally, song recitals play an increasing rôle in his career, with recent performances of programmes of American songs, English lute songs and, in Paris, of songs by Schubert and Britten.