Biography
Conrad Tao by Brantley Gutierrez

Conrad Tao has appeared worldwide as a pianist and composer, receiving accolades and awards including being a Presidential Scholar in the Arts, a YoungArts Gold Medal Winner in music, a Gilmore Young Artist, and an Avery Fisher Career Grant winner. With each year the former prodigy continues to emerge as a mature, thoughtful, and thought-provoking artist, pushing boundaries as a leading performer, composer, curator, and commissioner, championing new music while continuing to present core repertoire in a new light. Mr. Tao’s career as composer has garnered eight consecutive ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards and the Carlos Surinach Prize from BMI. In the 2013–14 season, while serving as the Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s artist-in-residence, he premiered The world is very different now, his orchestral composition commissioned in observance of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. In September 2015 the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia premiered his piano concerto, An Adjustment, with Mr. Tao at the piano. His 2017–18 season includes his Lincoln Center debut with a recital including a work by American composer Jason Eckhardt, a residency with the Utah Symphony performing both Bernstein’s Symphony No. 1, The Age of Anxiety, and Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 2, and debuts with the Atlanta, New Jersey, and Seattle symphony orchestras. Mr. Tao will give a recital and have a new work composed for Paul Huang and Orion Weiss performed at Washington Performing Arts Society, and he opens the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra’s season with the world premiere of a newly-commissioned work, Over. Additionally, the new multimedia work Ceremony, developed with vocalist Charmaine Lee, will be premiered at Brooklyn’s Roulette. Conrad Tao is Warner Classics recording artist, and his first two albums, Voyages and Pictures, have been praised by NPR, The New York Times, The New Yorker’s Alex Ross, and many others.

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