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Teen Piano Prodigy To Play in Greenwich

GREENWICH, Conn. – Seventeen-year-old Chinese-American piano sensation Conrad Tao is set to perform at 4 p.m. Sunday at Greenwich Library's Cole Auditorium.

Tao, who made his concert debut at age 8, will be performing Mozart’s “Piano Concert in A Major.” He has been called “the most exciting prodigy to ever come [my] way” by music critic Harris Goldsmith. Tao currently is a Gilmore Young Artist, an honor awarded every two years to single out the most promising of the new generation of U.S. pianists.

As an accomplished composer, Tao is an eight-time consecutive winner of the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer award. His first piano concerto, the Four Elements for Piano and Orchestra, was commissioned by the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra of Columbus, Ohio, and premiered in October 2007. As an award-winning violinist, Tao won the 2003 Walgreens National Concerto Competition, which led to his performance of the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in E minor with the Midwest Young Artists Concert Orchestra at age 8.

Tao currently attends the Columbia University-Juilliard School joint degree program.

He will play in Greenwich as part of the library’s Friends Cole Concert Series, made possible through private donations. The concert is free and open to all, but seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. For information, call 203-622-7938.

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