Prodigious Achievement

Prodigies are always fascinating. One wonders how they accomplish so much in such a short time. Next month we will have the rare opportunity to hear one such fascinating person, Conrad Tao, speak about his life at the piano and then perform in recital the next day.

TaoStudioConrad Tao, who will open our piano series this year, is only 20 years old, but already has a major performing career. In addition, he’s a well-respected composer. Last year, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra premiered Tao’s composition, The World Is Very Different Now, a piece commissioned for the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

Tao doesn’t confine himself to the concert hall. At age 19, he curated, produced and performed in the UNPLAY Festival in Brooklyn, which was a “critics pick” by Time Out New York and hailed by the New York Times for its “clever organization” and “endlessly engaging” performances.

No wonder Conrad Tao was selected by Forbes as one of “30 Most Influential People Under 30.”

There is more information about Tao’s concert and his informal talk on our webpage, including the program he will play and a short video. Explore. Enjoy.

~Bonnie Esbensen

Conrad Tao

Saturday, November 8, 1:00 PM
My Life at the Piano
Corvallis Public Library

Sunday, November 9, 4:00 PM
Piano Concert
LaSells Stewart Center