Acclaimed Pianist Conrad Tao Brings New Life to Classics at Emory's Schwartz Center for Performing Arts

Conrad Tao, photo by Brantley Gutierrez

January 3, 2017

The Schwartz Center for Performing Arts presents composer and pianist Conrad Tao on Friday, October 16 at 8 p.m. as part of the 2015-2016 Candler Concert Series

At just 22 years old, Tao has already been praised as one of the most promising American pianists of the new generation as a recipient of the 2012 Gilmore Young Artist Award.  His endless energy and youthful jubilance gives him a fiery playing style that the Stamford Advocate described as being “so hot that fire seemed to jump out of the piano case.”  Tao has performed worldwide and has been hailed as a “thoughtful and mature composer” by NPR, and as “ferociously talented” by TimeOut New York.

His Emory performance offers audience members a chance to see lively interpretations of classical pieces from Bach and Rachmaninoff, as well as Mussorgsky’s famed “Pictures at an Exhibition,” widely regarded as Mussorgsky’s crowning lifetime achievement.

Conrad Tao performs in the Emerson Concert Hall of the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts on Friday, October 16, 2015 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $35 full price, $28 for qualifying discount category members, and $5 for Emory Students. Tickets are available online, by phone (404.727.5050), or in person at the Arts at Emory Box Office. Discount category tickets are available by phone or in person only. Online ticket sales end three hours prior to the event.

Conrad Tao

Hailed as a musician of “probing intellect and open-hearted vision” by the New York Times, Conrad Tao’s skills as a composer and pianist has earned him worldwide accolades and the reputation of being one of Julliard School’s most established and talented rising stars.  The 22-year-old virtuoso has already made great leaps and bounds in his career at a young age, having toured worldwide with renowned orchestras such as the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and the National Symphony Orchestra of Malaysia.  He has also recently concluded serving as the Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s artist-in-residence for the 2014-2015 season.  The St. Louis Post Dispatch described Conrad Tao as the “best kind of prodigy, über-talented and radiating pleasure at performing great music.”    

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Candler Concert Series
Each year the Flora Glenn Candler Concert Series brings internationally-renowned artists to Emory University's Schwartz Center for Performing Arts with the aim of engaging the Emory and Atlanta communities with world-class artists. The series is made possible by a generous gift from the late Flora Glenn Candler, a friend and patron of music at Emory University.