Conrad makes “impressive Grant Park debut” in Chicago

Conrad makes “impressive Grant Park debut” in Chicago

Conrad made his Grant Park debut this past weekend in Chicago (near his hometown of Urbana), to critical acclaim – see below for more!


“Tao, a young native of Urbana making his Grant Park debut, played with bristling intensity but, as importantly, with a delicately varied touch in quiet, more sinuous passages. Kalmar, who seldom is neutral in showpieces, had the orchestra dig in fervently, again making the concerto a crowd-pleasing favorite.”

The Chicago Tribune


“It takes a personality-plus pianist with a fearless technique to make a compelling case for this second-rate music and Conrad Tao did that and more Friday night. The American pianist attacked the outer movements with unbridled bravado, his jumpy intensity providing a quirky sensibility to the music while maintaining amazing digital accuracy.”

The Chicago Classical Review