On Now

Listen to the Stream
  • Violin Concerto No. 5 "Turkish" 7:29 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra
    Isabelle van Keulen, violin
    Buy Now
  • Concertino for Oboe and Strings 7:10 Brenno Blauth
    Camerata Bariloche
    Andres Spiller, oboe
    Buy Now
Playlist
Other MPR Radio Streams
Choral Stream
MPR News
Radio Heartland

You can now listen to Classical and Choral Music on your iOS (iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad) or Android device.

Blog Archive

December 2011
S M T W T F S
        1 2 3
4 5 6 7 8 9 10
11 12 13 14 15 16 17
18 19 20 21 22 23 24
25 26 27 28 29 30 31


Master Archive

Contact Us

Purchase the Music

  • Buy the music you've heard on-air! Your purchase helps support our classical service.
    ArkivMusic

Services

Classical Notes

Forbes "30 under 30" Musicians has one Classical Player

Posted at 2:16 PM on December 20, 2011 by Fred Child

Conrad Tao

Alongside Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Adele, Taylor Swift (and Taylor Swift's tour marketing manager!) Forbes magazine's list of "30 Under 30" musicians includes pianist, violinist & composer Conrad Tao.

Conrad is all of 17, but he has one of the most wide-ranging and penetrating musical minds I've ever encountered. He is an accomplished violinist, he is fast becoming a world-class pianist, and he is a fascinating composer. I was lucky to meet him five years ago, when he played his own bravura set of variations on "Happy Birthday" for conductor David Zinman's 70th at the Aspen Festival. Even at age 12 it was clear Conrad was something special... not just a virtuoso prodigy who plays fistfuls of notes, but a thinker about music.

Last season, at age 16, Conrad was Composer in Residence for the Music in the Loft series in Chicago. This year he was named a US Presidential Scholar in the Arts, he's appeared on PBS's Great Performances. In September, on 36 hours notice, he filled in for Louis Lortie at a major Cliburn Series concert in Fort Worth, Texas. Reviews were glowing.

For each of the last 8 years, Conrad has won ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer awards. (Yes, 8 years. Do the math.)

Conrad Tao is currently in the Columbia/Juilliard joint degree program in New York, and a composition student at Yale. He has solo piano recitals coming up in Berlin and Paris this winter, in addition to a full schedule of concerts around the country.

And lest you think his work as a classical pianist, violinist and composer is too limiting, Conrad is also busy writing about his favorite alt-rock and electronica bands for sputnikmusic.com. Bjork is among is current faves.

I can't wait to hear what Conrad might be up to in the next few years.