The Tao of Early Musical Success

  • The Wall Street Journal

“In Mozart’s dark-hued Concerto No. 20 in D Minor, Mr. Tao showed appealing freshness in his use of telling, expressive details that distinguish one interpretation from the next — a slight decrescendo here, a change of tonal color there, a heartfelt response to the piece… And his onstage demeanor was refreshingly free of willful tempo changes, distracting theatrical gestures and other prodigy personality excesses.”


Wunderkind Conrad Tao, Ponti and Russian National Orchestra combine for spectacular musical magic at Festival del Sole

  • Napa Valley Register

“Conrad Tao. Remember that name.

An awestruck audience at Monday night’s Festival del Sole concert in Yountville’s Lincoln Theater certainly will.

Substituting for ailing Italian pianist Fabio Bidini, Tao — native of Urbana, Ill., who recently celebrated his 13th birthday — delivered a mouth-dropping performance of Serge Prokofiev’s “Piano Concerto No. 3 in C” that festivalgoers will be talking about for years to come.”

“His command of one of the classical repertoire’s most difficult works was simply amazing.”