A talented American violinist, Taylor is also an arranger and composer best known for music of the video game genre featured on YouTube as ViolinTay. She makes her own arrangements of music from films and musicals as well.
Born in Western Springs, Illinois in 1987, her music genre runs the gamut of anime, classical crossover, classical, film score, and pop – her primary instrument being violin, she plays piano as well.
Davis started playing violin while in elementary school after being inspired by a young girl’s performance of Silent Night on the violin at a school assembly. While in high school, she began playing video game music going so far as introducing Final Fantasy music to high school and college quartet members. In turn, some of the game music would get played at weddings and other gigs. After attending college, where she majored in Public Relations and minored in Violin Performance, she intended to get into the profession of scoring music for games, films, or other media. It didn’t work out at the time, so she has been pursuing a career as a violinist using YouTube as a primary platform.
On her YouTube channel, she uses the pseudonym ViolinTay, begun on April 29th, 2010.
Early in 2012 Taylor was invited, along with YouTube musicians Lara de Wit and Kyle Landry, to perform at the E3 Expo. Her most popular music video to date has had over 4.4 million views: Morrowind/Skyrim Theme Piano-Violin Medley [Elder Scrolls games] in collaboration with pianist Lara de Wit – the following YouTube video presentation:
The following video is one of my favorites, a rendition of the acclaimed theme song from Titanic [My Heart Will Go On] – I guess I am just a sucker for love songs …
Despite her public appearances, Taylor Davis is a private and slightly shy person whose personality matches her marvelous talent as a musician and composer; as can be seen at her Facebook page. She has at least 30,000 fans, and I am one of them.
You can purchase her music at Amazon and iTunes. Her latest album is available in digital or physical CD, featuring another talented musician Lara de Wit on piano as accompanist, who also plays violin and featured on YouTube performing the theme from Pirates of the Caribbean.