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Young Pianist Steps In To Play With Stamford Symphony

Pianist Conrad Tao will perform with the Stamford Symphony in concerts this weekend.
Pianist Conrad Tao will perform with the Stamford Symphony in concerts this weekend. Photo Credit: Stamford Symphony

STAMFORD, Conn. -- Classical wunderkind Conrad Tao will step in to replace Chu-Fang Huang at the Stamford Symphony's concerts this weekend.

Dubbed a musician of "probing intellect and open-hearted vision" by the New York Times, Tao has appeared worldwide as a pianist, composer, and violinist.

Born in Urbana, Ill., he was found playing children's songs on the piano at 18 months of age, gave his first piano recital at age 4, and four years later made his concerto debut.

Tao has earned an Avery Fisher Grant, a Gilmore Young Artist Award and eight consecutive Ascap Morton Gould Young Composer Awards. NPR Music has declared that "Tao proves himself to be a musician of deep intellect and emotional means."

Although he has just turned 19, Tao's American career has already included appearances with the Utah Symphony, the Pacific Symphony, the Spokane Symphony and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

Abroad, he has performed for audiences in cities such as Munich, Berlin, London, Hong Kong, Amsterdam and Monterrey, Mexico. Stamford music lovers may recall that Mr. Tao was featured as a rising star in the Stamford Symphony's Stern Showcase Recitals in 2010. Conrad currently attends the Columbia University/Juilliard School joint degree program.

Tao will perform in the concerts at 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at the Palace Theatre in Stamford.

He and the symphony will perform Bach's Sinfonia BWV 1046A, Shostakovich's Piano Concerto No. 1, Rachmaninoff's Preludes, Clyne's Within Her Arms and Haydn's Symphony No. 85 (La Reine).

For tickets, visit this website .

Chu-Fang Huang was unexpectedly called away to perform for the president of China in Beijing in an official performance.

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