August 19, 2013

The Conrad Special

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Watch and Listen:

Conrad Tao – Juilliard Recital – Rachmaninoff Prelude Op 23, No. 2 in B-Flat Major

Conrad Tao: “iridescence,” for piano and iPad – From ‘Voyages’

Conrad Tao – Railroad (by Meredith Monk) from ‘Voyages’ – Released June 2013


Bio Highlights:

  • Conrad is the only classical musician on Forbes’ 2011 “30 Under 30” list of people changing the world.
  • 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 aYoung Arts Gold Medal in music.
  • In 2011 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.
  • As an accomplished composer, Conrad has won eight consecutive ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards since 2004; he also received BMI’s Carlos Surinach prize in 2005.
  • Conrad was asked by the Dallas Symphony to compose a work observing the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination, entitled The World Is Very Different Now, which will be performed in November of 2013.
  • For the 2012-2013 season, Conrad has been commissioned by the Hong Kong Philharmonic to write a concert overture ringing in their new season – frequent collaborator Jaap von Zweden’s inagural season there as music director – as well as celebrating the region’s annual China Day.
  • Conrad currently attends the Columbia University/Juilliard School joint degree program and studies piano with Professors Yoheved Kaplinsky and Choong Mo Kang at Juilliard. He studies composition with Professor Christopher Theofanidis of Yale University, and studied violin with Ms. Catherine Cho for five years at Juilliard’s Pre-College Division.


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