Conrad Tao

Conrad  Tao

Conrad Tao

Conrad Tao, who makes his BSO and Tanglewood debuts this evening, has appeared worldwide as a pianist and composer. He is a 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. Mr. Tao's 2018-19 season began with the New York Philharmonic’s world premiere of his Everything Must Go, commissioned by that ensemble, and the inaugural concert of their curated late-night series, Nightcap. He also made his debuts with the LA Opera (in the West Coast premiere of David Lang's the loser), Los Angeles Philharmonic (performing Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 1), and Cleveland Orchestra at Blossom Music Center. In Europe he was presented by the Swedish Radio Symphony in recital and in Andrew Norman's Suspend under Susanna Mälkki; he also returned to the Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, performing with Antonio Pappano. In the 2019-20 season, Mr. Tao will be presented in recital by Carnegie Hall, performing works by David Lang, Bach, Julia Wolfe, Jason Eckhardt, Carter, Rachmaninoff, and Schumann. He will also make his debut in recital at Walt Disney Hall, where he also joins the LA Philharmonic in works by Aaron Copland and Frederic Rzewski. With the Cleveland Orchestra he will perform works by Mary Lou Williams and Ligeti, as well as improvisations with pianist Aaron Diehl. Concerto highlights in the upcoming season include performances of his own work for piano and orchestra, The Oneiroi in New York, with the Seattle Symphony, as well as performances with the Baltimore, Charlotte, Phoenix, and Pacific symphonies. In addition to concert halls, he will tour to college campuses across the country. Mr. Tao's acclaimed evening-length collaboration with choreographer Caleb Teicher, More Forever, will be presented by Celebrity Series of Boston, and will make its West Coast premiere at Segerstrom Hall in Orange County. His ongoing electroacoustic collaboration with improviser and vocalist Charmaine Lee continues with an opening-night performance at the 2019 Resonant Bodies Festival. In the spring, Mr. Tao will tour with the JCT Trio—his ensemble with violinist Stefan Jackiw and cellist Jay Campbell. He will also celebrate Stephen Sondheim’s 90th birthday at the 92nd Street Y with Anthony de Mare, premiering a new two-piano take on "Move On" from Sunday in the Park with George. A Warner Classics recording artist, Mr. Tao has released two acclaimed discs to date, and his third, “Compassion,” featuring works by Rzewski, Copland, and Julia Wolfe, will be released this fall. Mr. Tao was born in Urbana, Illinois, in 1994. He has studied piano with Emilio del Rosario in Chicago and Yoheved Kaplinsky in New York, and composition with Christopher Theofanidis.