David Taylor
arts innovator

One of the leading entrepreneurs in the world of classical, David Taylor has built his career on a dynamic and energetic approach to bringing innovation to the arts, leading him to be named on Forbes 30 under 30 Europe 2018 list alongside Paul Pogba, Rita Ora, Dua Lipa, Anthony Joshua, Maisie Williams and Little Mix. His energy and creativity has catapulted him to widespread media attention in the UK and further afield.

David is the CEO and Founder of the acclaimed Yorkshire Young Sinfonia (YYS). His desire to see innovation in arts education and his astute business mind have been the driving force behind YYS, leading it to flourish in its short existence, reaching an audience of over 7.5 million people in just 4 years. David steered YYS to win the Arts and Culture Award at the White Rose Awards 2016, the largest tourism awards in the UK, and was named as "Young Achiever of the Year" in the 2017 Dalesman Awards 2017.

In 2015, the BBC Radio 4 programme “Birth of an Orchestra” documented the creation of YYS and allowed David to showcase his passion for classical music on the national stage. In addition, both David and YYS have featured in The Times, The Telegraph, Sky News, BBC News website, BBC Look North, Classic FM, BBC Radio 3, Il Giornale and Classical Music Magazine. 

In 2017, David led YYS to become the first youth orchestra in the world to be 100% digital in partnership with the app Newzik, using iPads instead of sheet music. YYS continues to attract world class musicians to Yorkshire, with the world renowned Ray Chen performing with the orchestra in 2017, and Stephen Hough in 2016.

As a presenter, David has created projects with BBC Arts and interviewed Louis Theroux, Romesh Ranganathan, George Shelley and Katie Derham, as well as musicians Ray Chen, Jess Gillam and Tasmin Little.

A self-starter in the arts, David has developed an in depth knowledge of the classical music industry and a wide range of skills and feels it is hugely important to pass the lessons he has learnt on to others. David is passionate about enabling the next generation of entrepreneurs, innovators, and 'doers' in the arts. He regularly speaks and writes about entrepreneurship, arts education, and classical music; both to young people and those already established within the sector.

Prior to his career as an entrepreneur, David taught the cello at the Edward Said National Conservatory of Music in Jerusalem, where he also performed recitals at venues including the Yabous Cultural Centre, the National Conservatory Hall (Jerusalem) and Bethlehem University. He has also performed throughout the UK, including at the Royal Television Awards with Myleene Klass.

David Taylor has long been passionate about nurturing the musicians of tomorrow
— Forbes Magazine