2012 Gilmore Young Artist Conrad Tao is an accomplished pianist, violinist and composer. He has appeared as soloist with orchestras throughout the United States and performed in recitals all over the world.
Tao has won the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer award eight times since 2004. As an award-winning violinist, Tao performed Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E Minor with the Midwest Young Artists Concert Orchestra at age eight.
Last June, Tao received a medal from President Obama at the White House after being named a 2011 Presidential Scholar for the Arts in music. Also in June, PBS began broadcasting a Great Performances Special nationwide, “Dream with Me” with Jackie Evancho, where Tao appears as guest soloist on both violin and piano.
His first recording for EMI, featuring solo piano works including three of his own compositions, will be released this fall. In September, Tao entered the joint Columbia University/Juilliard college program in New York.