Conrad Tao

Piano

Biography

Conrad Tao has appeared worldwide as a pianist and composer, and has been dubbed a musician of “probing intellect and open-hearted vision” by the New York Times, a “thoughtful and mature composer” by NPR, and “ferociously talented” by Time Out New York. In June of 2011, the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars and the Department of Education named Conrad a Presidential Scholar in the Arts, and the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts awarded him a YoungArts gold medal in music. Later that year, Conrad was named a Gilmore Young Artist, an honor awarded every two years highlighting the most promising American pianists of the new generation. In May of 2012, he was awarded the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant.
During the 2014-2015 season, Conrad serves as the Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s artist-in-residence, performing solo recitals, chamber music, and concertos. He continues his formidable globe-trotting career as a pianist with performances with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra of Malaysia, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the San Diego Symphony, and the Toronto Symphony, among others. He also collaborates with the young musicians of the New York Youth Symphony, whose season he inaugurates in Carnegie Hall, and the Hawai’i Youth Symphony. In Europe, he will be returning to perform with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra in Stockholm, and the Bern Symphony in Switzerland. He also performs recitals in Europe and throughout the United States with repertoire ranging from Bach to Toru Takemitsu to Julia Wolfe.

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Reviews

“The World Is Very Different Now” proved shapely and powerful, especially in its haunting, accepting if not optimistic coda. At 19, Mr. Tao knows his way around a large orchestra (here including scrap metal as percussion) as well as many an elder master.”

James R. Oestreich

The New York Times

“Tao’s playing was almost startling in its clarity of sound and purpose… His talent is almost beyond belief”

Richard Todd

Ottawa Citizen

More Reviews

““The World Is Very Different Now” proved shapely and powerful, especially in its haunting, accepting if not optimistic coda. At 19, Mr. Tao knows his way around a large orchestra (here including scrap metal as percussion) as well as many an elder master.”

The New York Times by James R. Oestreich 

“Tao’s playing was almost startling in its clarity of sound and purpose… His talent is almost beyond belief”

Ottawa Citizen by Richard Todd 

“Tao is a composer-pianist, blessed with prodigal performing skill and compositional imagination.”

The Independent by Andy Gill 

“Unlike many classical prodigies of similarly and stupendously young ages, Tao proves himself to be a musician of deep intellectual and emotional means… on Voyages, the pianist journeys along varied and alluring pathways, from the dreamy contemplation of the Ravel “Ondine (Wave)” movement to the jaggedly darting upon being section from his vestiges. His playing is strong and sure, and the effect is transcendent and beautiful.”

NPR First Listen by Anastasia Tsioulcas 

“At 17, the musician Conrad Tao is already impressively accomplished.That Mr. Tao, who gave his first recital at 4, is hugely gifted was evident from the outset. He opened with a cleanly articulated, fluid and fleet rendition of Bach’s “Italian” Concerto. He played the slow second movement with poise and feeling. His impressive technique allows him to navigate difficult works with ease; the finale of Beethoven’s “Moonlight” Sonata unfolded in an exciting blaze of notes. He brought lovely colors and poetic nuances to three works by Liszt: “Au bord d’une Source,” “Vallée d’Obermann” and the “Rigoletto” Paraphrase.The program concluded with Prokofiev’s Sonata No. 7. Mr. Tao spoke eloquently about the work and played it with fiery panache.”

The New York Times 

“Ferociously talented…anyone who has heard Conrad Tao, either in recital or on his newly released CD, Voyages, won’t have any trouble understanding how this bright young pianist and composer has racked up serious accolades.”

The New York Times