Tai Davis is a Saint Louis-based cellist performing multiple genres of musical repertoire. He started seriously pursuing the cello at the age of 16, studying under the late Dr. Glenda Piek. In 2002 Davis won the Southern Illinois Young Artist Concerto Competition, and soon after he was awarded a music scholarship to attend Southern Illinois University studying under the guidance of Kang-ho Lee and Martha Schmiditchieva. Davis has also participated in various masterclasses with cellists Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, Marc Johnson, Andres Fejer, Hans Jorgen Jenson, and David Schepps.
Being a very active chamber musician, Davis has performed with a multitude of orchestras including, the Saint Louis Youth Symphony, Meadowmount, Southern Illinois Symphony Orchestra, Opera Theatre Saint Louis, the Muny Orchestra, the Paducah Symphony, and, is currently co-principal of the University City Symphony, and Town and Country Orchestra. He is an avid performer, a practitioner of vibrational sound therapy in the rhythmically driven duo LUX, one of the founders of the BlckBird String Ensemble, and has collaborated with several artists and composers including Brian Owens, Tonya Gilmore, Anna Cattor, and Ron Robinson. In addition to being Regional Arts Scholar, Davis has been awarded the National Symphonic Orchestra Award and the Jefferson County African American Heritage Society Award of Achievement through the Arts.
While Tai isn't concertizing, he is working as a professional chef and food stylist playing with florals, creating art under the moniker Sacred Geometry and making appearances on various television networks.