Piano prodigy performs at Fruit Ridge before West Coast premiere
Conrad Tao is on Forbes' list of 30 people 'changing the world'
Piano prodigy Conrad Tao, the only classical musician on Forbes’ 2011 “30 Under 30″ list of people changing the world, performed for students at Fruit Ridge Elementary School on October 11.
Tao,18, began playing children’s songs on the piano at his home in Urbana, Illinois, at 18 months. He gave his first piano recital at age 4. In June 2011, the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars and the Department of Education named Conrad a Presidential Scholar in the Arts.
Two nights after his Fruit Ridge appearance, he played Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No.1 with the Sacramento Philharmonic Orchestra. The performance also featured the West Coast premiere of Tao’s own composition, Pángŭ (2012).
At Fruit Ridge, Tao played piano and talked to students about being a composer and attending college. Tao is a student in the Columbia University/Juilliard School joint degree program.