CARNEGIE HALL PRESENTS
Conrad Tao, Piano
Part of: Distinctive Debuts
Conrad Tao, Piano
DAVID LANG cage
BACH Toccata in F-Sharp Minor, BWV 910
CARTER Two Thoughts About the Piano
JULIA WOLFE Earring
RACHMANINOFF Étude-tableau in A Minor, Op. 39, No. 2
DAVID LANG wed
JASON ECKARDT Echoes' White Veil
JOHNSTON "True Love Will Find You in the End"
Distinctive Debuts is supported by endowment gifts from The Lizabeth and Frank Newman Charitable Foundation and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF).
In honor of the centenary of his birth, Carnegie Hall’s 2019–2020 season is dedicated to the memory of Isaac Stern in recognition of his extraordinary contributions to Carnegie Hall, arts advocacy, and the field of music.
A musician of “probing intellect and open-hearted vision” (The New York Times), Conrad Tao has appeared worldwide as a pianist and composer. Mr. Tao is a recipient of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant and the Gilmore Young Artist Award, an honor bestowed every two years on the most promising American pianists.
During the 2019–2020 season, Mr. Tao makes his debut at Walt Disney Concert Hall in a performance of works by Copland and Frederic Rzewski with the LA Phil. Following his debut last July at the Blossom Music Festival, Mr. Tao performs with The Cleveland Orchestra and pianist Aaron Diehl at Severance Hall in a special program inspired by jazz and Dadaist art film. Concerto highlights this season include performances of Mr. Tao’s own work for piano and orchestra, The Oneiroi in New York, with the Seattle Symphony, as well as performances with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, and Pacific Symphony. He also performs The Oneiroi in New York and Galina Ustvolskaya’s Piano Concerto with the Phoenix Symphony this season.
Mr. Tao began the 2018–2019 season with the New York Philharmonic’s world premiere of his work Everything Must Go. He went on to make debuts with the LA Phil, The Cleveland Orchestra, and Boston Symphony Orchestra. Additional highlights included his inauguration of the New York Philharmonic’s Nightcap series with artist, improviser, and vocalist Charmaine Lee and dancer Caleb Teicher, with whom he also premiered the new evening-length multidisciplinary work More Forever, which continues to tour across the US. Mr. Tao’s ongoing electroacoustic collaboration with Ms. Lee continued with an opening-night performance at the 2019 Resonant Bodies Festival in New York. He made his LA Opera debut last February with the West Coast premiere of David Lang’s the loser.
This fall, Mr. Tao releases his third album with Warner Classics, American Rage, featuring works by Rzewski, Copland, and Julia Wolfe. He was born in Urbana, Illinois, and studied piano with Emilio del Rosario in Chicago and Yoheved Kaplinsky in New York.