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Dubbed a musician of “probing intellect and open-hearted vision” by the New York Times, Conrad Tao has, for nearly a decade, enjoyed a varied career as pianist, composer, violinist, and – most recently – presenter and curator. Born in Urbana, Illinois, to parents of Chinese descent, he was found playing children’s songs on the piano at 18 months of age, gave his first piano recital at age 4, and four years later made his concerto debut performing Mozart’s Piano Concerto in A Major, K. 414.
Tao currently attends the Columbia University/Juilliard School joint degree program. He studies piano with Yoheved Kaplinksy and Choong Mo Kang and composition with Christopher Theofanidis. Tao’s recordings can be found on the EMI label.
Awards & Recognition
2014 Artist-in-Residence, Dallas Symphony Orchestra
2012 Avery Fisher Career Grant
2011 Forbes, 30 Most Influential People Under 30
2011 Presidential Scholar in the Arts
2011 Gold Medal, National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts
2011 Gilmore Young Artist
Tao’s playing was almost startling in its clarity of sound and purpose….
Ottawa Citizen, 2013