Conrad Tao Plays Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall Tonight
Pianist Conrad Tao, the only classical musician on Forbes' 2011 "30 Under 30" list of people changing the world, will be presented in concert by the Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding tonight, October 24, 2013 at 8:00 p.m. at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall.
Mr. Tao will perform a selection of the piano pieces by composer Gordon Getty which Mr. Tao recently recorded on the PentaTone Classics label, as well as works by Meredith Monk and Maurice Ravel. The prodigiously gifted young pianist/composer Conrad Tao was named a Gilmore Young Artist and awarded an Avery Fisher Career Grant, both before the age of 20. In a concert review, All Things Strings declared, "he plays music as if the composer were at his side, with color, joy, and spontaneous poetry."
There are also $250 VIP Reception tickets and $1,500 Vice Chair packages (includes 4 VIP tickets and program listing) that can be purchased by contacting Guirlaine Belizaire at email@example.com or 212.967.7707 x112.
The only classical musician on Forbes' 2011 "30 Under 30" list of people changing the world, 19-year-old Chinese-American pianist Conrad Tao was found playing children's songs on the piano at 18 months of age. Born in Urbana, Illinois, 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 June of 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. Later that year, Conrad was named a Gilmore Young Artist, an honor awarded every two years highlighting the most promising American pianists of the new generation. In May of 2012, he was awarded the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant.
In January of 2012, Conrad's performance of Saint-Saëns' Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra was hailed by the Detroit News as "a blazing debut...a performance no less seductive in its lyrical beauty than hair-raising in its technical brilliance." Following a recital at Carnegie's Weill Hall in February of 2012, the New York Times wrote of the "lovely colors and poetic nuances" of his Liszt, and the eloquence and "fiery panache" of his Prokofiev. Later that year, in June, a writer for All Things Strings attended Conrad's performance at the Montréal Chamber Music Festival and noted that "Tao is ready for his own TV show: he plays music as if the composer were at his side, with color, joy, and spontaneous poetry. He composes, studies, researches, writes...like that whiz kid on the West Coast, Conrad Tao should be licensed to operate by the time he's 21."