On Thursday, November 21, MSNBC’s Morning Joe news program aired a nice piece on “The world is very different now” – the commissioned composition by the Dallas Symphony commemorating the 50th anniversary of the JFK assassination. ”The world is very different now” received its premier performances by the Dallas Symphony under music director Jaap van Zweden from [...]
Pianist-Composer Conrad Tao Hosts Hammered! “For the remainder of July, Q2 Music invites Conrad Tao to guest host Hammered! Currently working on a joint degree from Columbia and Julliard, the 19-year-old composer-pianist recently released his debut album “Voyages” and earlier this month curated UNPLAY, a three-day new-music festival. Listen at 10 am weekday mornings for a series of special [...]
Conrad was featured on a July 8, 2013 BBC News Magazine segment. Watch Conrad play “iridescence” and talk about what it means to “unplay” on BBC’s website.
VOYAGES is now streaming on NPR! Listen to it here: http://www.npr.org/2013/06/02/187291751/first-listen-conrad-tao-voyages Pre-order the album: http://www.smarturl.it/ConradTaoVoyages Anastasia Tsioulcas writes: “…unlike many classical prodigies of similarly and stupendously young ages, Tao proves himself to be a musician of deep intellectual and emotional means — as the thoughtful programming on this album, Voyages, proclaims. The repertoire is far [...]
On June 11th, 2013, Conrad will celebrate his nineteenth birthday by kicking off the UNPLAY Festival, a three-day event conceived and curated by the pianist/composer. He will also release his debut full-length album on EMI Classics, entitled Voyages, featuring works by Ravel, Rachmaninov and Meredith Monk, as well as Conrad’s own compositions vestiges, for solo [...]
“Aspen did not give Conrad Tao the inclination to be an uncommonly curious and adventurous musician. By the age of 5, living in Illinois and years before he even knew of Aspen, Tao was playing both piano and violin and composing scores, beginning with his own rendition of “Mary Had a Little Lamb.” But Aspen [...]
Two Avery Fisher Career Grants Awarded for 2012 On May 22nd at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Nathan Leventhal, the Program’s Chairman, Charles Avery Fisher and Nancy Fisher announced two 2012 Avery Fisher Career Grant recipients: Benjamin Beilman, violinist and Conrad Tao, pianist The Avery Fisher Artist Program, established by the late Avery Fisher as part of [...]
Conrad is the 2011 Soloist-Prize winner of Germany’s Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern!!! “34 young soloists and 10 ensembles applied to the 35 “Junge Elite”-concerts in 2011 to win one of the wanted junior-prizes from Festspiele MV. Two of these prizes were given to two talented young Americans. The soloist-prize was given to the American pianist Conrad Tao [...]
“Tao [is] naturally gregarious, curious, and smart. He’s also a composer. On his debut recording, just out on EMI via iTunes, he plays his confidently poetic Three Songs, which hold their own with a pair of Debussy preludes and Stravinsky’s Three Movements From “Petrushka.” Already, he’s moving into more ambitious compositional forms. The Dallas Symphony Orchestra recently asked him [...]
Conrad’s first commercially available recording, released by EMI Classics, is now available for purchase on iTunes. His installation in The Juilliard Sessions consists of works by Debussy, Stravinsky, and himself. View it in the iTunes store here.