20-year-old piano phenom makes Scottsdale debut on Jan. 25

Conrad Tao performs Jan. 25 at the Scottdsale Center for Performing Arts. (Photo by Vanessa Briceno)

Conrad Tao performs Jan. 25 at the Scottdsale Center for Performing Arts. (Photo by Vanessa Briceno)

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts presents a recital by pianist Conrad Tao 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 25, as part of the Virginia G. Piper Concert Series.

The program will include Mussorgsky’s celebrated 10-movement suite “Pictures at an Exhibition,” as well as works by Bach, Rachmaninoff, and the American composers Elliott Carter, David Lang and Julia Wolfe.

Tickets start at $29 and are available through www.ScottsdalePerformingArts.org or 480-499-TKTS (8587).

Only 20 years old, Conrad Tao has appeared worldwide as a pianist and composer, performing with symphonies and in solo recitals. He has been dubbed a musician of “probing intellect and open-hearted vision” by The New York Times, a “thoughtful and mature composer” by NPR and “ferociously talented” by Time Out New York.

“I was first introduced to Conrad when he was just 16 at an audition arranged by his manager,” noted Scottsdale Cultural Council President and CEO Neale Perl.

“His performance, which included a work he had written at the age of 13, was nothing short of astonishing. I am pleased to say that his talents and musical insights have only deepened since then. It is a privilege to welcome him to Scottsdale for his Virginia G. Piper Concert Series debut. Lucky audience members will someday say, ‘I remember hearing him when he was just a young man!’”

Tao has been widely recognized for his musical accomplishments and was the only classical musician on Forbes’ 2011 “30 Under 30” list of people changing the world.

Among his many honors, he has been named a Presidential Scholar in the Arts and received the Gilmore Young Artist Award and an Avery Fisher Career Grant.

Born in Urbana, Ill., in 1994, Tao currently attends the Columbia University/Juilliard School joint degree program, studying piano and composition.

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts is located at 7380 E. Second St. in downtown Scottsdale. Free parking is available in the public parking garage located to the west of Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts on Wells Fargo Avenue.

The nonprofit Scottsdale Cultural Council is contracted by the City of Scottsdale to manage Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) and Scottsdale Public Art.

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