Conrad Tao

Conrad Tao


Conrad Yiwen Tao is an American composer, pianist and violinist. Tao's piano and violin performances since childhood brought him early recognition at music festivals and competitions, and he is receiving critical praise for his recitals and concerts with symphony orchestras. He has been featured on the PBS TV series From the Top – Live from Carnegie Hall as violinist, pianist and composer.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Conrad Tao.


1994 Birth Born in 1994.
2003 9 Years Old He won the 2003 Walgreens National Concerto Competition as a violinist. … Read More


2007 13 Years Old His first piano concerto, The Four Elements, was premiered in 2007 by the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra of Columbus, Ohio.
In 2008, Tao was named a Davidson Fellow Laureate for his project, "Bridging Classical Music from the Past to the Future as Pianist and Composer".
2009 15 Years Old Of a 2009 performance of Ravel's Piano Concerto in G Major, the San Francisco Classical Voice commented: "The first movement was full of thrills: laser-sharp articulation and accuracy, powerful glissandos... and, what's more, heartfelt expression.... … Read More
2011 17 Years Old …  Tao was also named a 2011 U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts, and the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts YoungArts program awarded him its gold medal in music.
He was further named a 2012 Gilmore Foundation Young Artist. … Read More
…  Dallas Symphony Orchestra commissioned and premiered, in 2013, an orchestral work by Tao, to observe the 50th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy. … Read More


2014 20 Years Old …  NPR selected Tao's performance of Bach's Toccata in F-sharp minor as one of public radio's best in-studio performances of 2014. … Read More
Tao was the 2015/16 Dallas Symphony Orchestra (DSO) Artist-in-residence, with whom he performed Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody, Aaron Copland's piano sonata, four of Rachmaninoff's Études-Tableaux, Op. 39, the violin-and-piano version of Rachmaninoff's Vocalise, Bartók's "Contrasts", Prokofiev's "Piano Sonata No. 7" and Miklós Rózsa's Spellbound Concerto, among other pieces. … Read More
2016 22 Years Old 1 More Event
In early 2016, Tao joined the Tallahassee Symphony in Tallahassee, Florida, to play Schumann's Piano Concerto, and played Prokofiev's Piano Concert No. 3 with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic and Mozart's Concerto No. 7, among other pieces, with the San Diego Philharmonic. … Read More
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