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George Gershwin, Aaron Copland and Conrad Tao Thrill at JSO Opening Concert

  • Season Ticket

“17-year-old Conrad Tao was the brilliant pianist for George Gershwin’s (1898-1937) Concerto in F Major for Piano and Orchestra. Tao is seasoned beyond his years and he was immediately immersed in the music and in his responsibility to interpret Gershwin’s piece to the audience… If anyone could pull off the Gershwin-esque flair, it was Tao. The young soloist was, in a word, impressive.”

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17-year-old Pianist Amazes at Cliburn Concerts

  • Dallas Morning News

“Tao isn’t yet old enough to enter the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, but in a very substantial program at Bass Performance Hall he demonstrated surer technical command and more probing musicianship than most of the competition’s oldest contestants. This is a major talent. Rarely has Beethoven’s Appassionata Sonata had a more gripping performance, by turns mysterious and defiant. The mere chords of the second-movement theme were balanced with exquisite sensitivity to harmonic implications.”

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Conrad Tao Dazzles Cliburn Audience

  • Dallas Magazine

“he continually uncovered the energy and emotional underpinnings inherent in this music, reaching toward the timeless, universal qualities it contains… Beethoven’s Appassionata Sonata was equally breathtaking… [as was] his ability, through subtle give and take of tempo, to make these works of Rachmaninoff, Debussy, and even Stravinsky sing.”

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Conrad Tao: Prodigious talent on display at Chinese Embassy

  • The Washington Post

” Tao, though, is indeed a remarkably gifted young man. After opening with three Debussy preludes, he gave the premiere of his own “Three Songs” — well-constructed miniatures exploiting different moods and textures on the piano.”

“As a pianist, Tao is also mature beyond his years. His platform demeanor is unself-conscious and totally focused on the music.”

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Crowd rhapsodic over teen’s Rach

  • The Salt Lake Tribune

“Sixteen-year-old American pianist Conrad Tao won several hundred Utah fans Friday night with his energetic performance of Rachmaninoff’s beloved “Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini.” In fact, Tao’s dazzling finger work got an even noisier ovation from the Abravanel Hall crowd than superstar Hilary Hahn did with her splendid Tchaikovsky a couple of weeks ago.”

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Spaced-Out Mussorgsky

  • San Francisco Classical Voice

“Next came the musical highlight of the concert: pianist Conrad Tao’s dazzling rendition of Maurice Ravel’s Concerto in G Major. If NASA had a tenth of his talent, they’d be farming strawberries on Titan by now.”

“The first movement was full of thrills: laser-sharp articulation and accuracy, powerful glissandos (does Tao have bionic, metallic hands?), and, what’s more, heartfelt expression.”

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Rumors are true about Conrad Tao

  • San Francisco Chronicle

“Tao’s skills as a keyboard artist would be impressive enough just on their own, and his musicianship only grew more striking as the afternoon went on. His technique seems to have no fault or flaw … he employs that dexterity in the service of a deep and evocative interpretive sensibility.”

“But to witness a young artist take the stage not just as a performer, but as a composer too – that was a whole different level of astonishment. As part of his recital program, Tao gave the U.S. premiere of his “Fantasy-Sonata,” a 16-minute piano extravaganza that seemed tailor-made for his brand of explosive virtuosity.”

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