Conrad Tao (piano) has appeared worldwide as a pianist and composer and has been dubbed “the kind of musician who is shaping the future of classical music” by New York Magazine and an artist of “probing intellect and open-hearted vision” by the New York Times. He is the recipient of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant and was named a Gilmore Young Artist—an honor awarded every two years highlighting the most promising American pianists of the new generation. As a composer, he was also the recipient of a 2019 New York Dance and Performance (“Bessie”) Award, for Outstanding Sound Design/Music Composition, for his work on More Forever, his collaboration with dancer and choreographer Caleb Teicher.
Tao has recently appeared as soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, and Boston Symphony. As a composer, his work has been performed by orchestras throughout the US; his first large-scale orchestral work, Everything Must Go, was premiered by the New York Philharmonic in 2018–19, and will be premiered in Europe by the Antwerp Symphony this season. Tao’s violin concerto, written for Stefan Jackiw, was premiered by the Atlanta Symphony under Robert Spano, and will be performed by the Baltimore Symphony under Kirill Karabits. In the 2021–22 season, he will make his London solo recital debut at Wigmore Hall, and will appear in recital throughout North America. Tao continues to tour More Forever and Counterpoint with Caleb Teicher, and as a member of the Junction Trio with violinist Stefan Jackiw and cellist Jay Campbell.