The only classical musician on Forbes’ 2011 “30 Under 30” list of people changing the world, Chinese-American pianist Conrad Tao was found playing children’s songs on the piano at 18 months of age.
Born in Urbana, Illinois in 1994, he gave his first piano recital at age 4; four years later, he made his concerto debut performing Mozart’s Piano Concerto in A Major, K. 414. In 2011, the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars and the Department of Education named Conrad a Presidential Scholar in the Arts, while the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts awarded him a YoungArts gold medal in music.
Sporting a truly international career, Conrad has appeared as soloist in the United States with the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Baltimore, Dallas and San Francisco Symphonies, among many others. He has made multiple tours of Europe, giving solo recitals in Paris, London, Munich, Berlin, and Verbier, and performed with orchestras in Brazil, China, Mexico, and Moscow.
As an accomplished composer, Conrad has won eight consecutive ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards since 2004. He was commissioned by the Hong Kong Philharmonic to write a concert overture ringing in their new season in 2012, and by the Dallas Symphony to compose a work observing the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination in 2013.
As an award-winning violinist, Conrad has performed with orchestras across the United States, sometimes performing violin and piano concertos on the same concert.
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