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Conrad Tao has appeared worldwide as a pianist and composer and has been dubbed “the kind of musician who is shaping the future of classical music” by New York Magazine, and an artist of “probing intellect and open-hearted vision” by The New York Times. He is the recipient of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant and was named a Gilmore Young Artist—an honor awarded every two years highlighting the most promising American pianists of the new generation. He was the recipient of a 2019 New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” Award, for Outstanding Sound Design / Music Composition, for More Forever, and his collaboration with dancer and choreographer Caleb Teicher.
Tao’s compositions have been performed by orchestras throughout the US, and he has recently appeared as a soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, and Boston Symphony. In July 2022, he will make his London solo recital debut at Wigmore Hall and will appear in recitals throughout North America. Conrad’s commitment to music extends far beyond his own compositions–he dedicates significant time, energy, and resources to commissioning works by other artists and engaging in adventurous collaborations. He has distinguished himself as one of the most compelling forces on the scene today. His latest collaboration with Caleb Teicher, Rhapsody in Blue, kicked off the Guggenheim Works & Process return to in-person performances and was lauded by The New York Times as “monumental.” Click here to view.
A Warner Classics recording artist, Tao’s debut disc Voyages was declared a “spiky debut” by The New Yorker’s Alex Ross. Of the album, NPR wrote: “Tao proves himself to be a musician of deep intellectual and emotional means.” His next album, Pictures, with works by David Lang, Toru Takemitsu, Elliott Carter, Mussorgsky, and Tao himself, was hailed by The New York Times as “a fascinating album [by] a thoughtful artist and dynamic performer…played with enormous imagination, color, and command.” His third album, American Rage, featuring works by Julia Wolfe, Frederic Rzewski, and Aaron Copland, was released in the fall of 2019.
Tao was born in Urbana, Illinois, in 1994. He has studied piano with Emilio del Rosario in Chicago and Yoheved Kaplinsky in New York and composition with Christopher Theofanidis.