Conrad Tao was just 18 months old and still in diapers when he crawled up on a piano bench and began playing tunes he'd heard on the radio. At age 3 he wrote his first piano piece, which he named "Congrajulashons" because, like Mozart, he could compose music before he could spell. This sensational young performer, hailed as a true piano prodigy, will soon be making his way to the Skaneateles Festival.
Now 12 years old, Tao is fast becoming a seasoned professional, having performed with prominent orchestras since the age of four. Festival audiences are sure to be astounded at Tao's amazing musicianship, especially at his tender age.
Earlier this year, Conrad Tao signed with IMG Artists, considered the global leader in the arts management business. Said IMG Artists' Charles Letourneau of Tao, "Being the top artist management firm in the world, people constantly refer very talented - I should say extraordinarily talented - young musicians from around the world to us. But then, once in a blue moon, someone appears who truly defies description. Conrad is already a great artist, he just happens to be 12 years old. We are deeply honored to have the opportunity to nurture his talent from such an early age."
Originally from Urbana, Illinois, Tao now lives in New York City with his parents and sister, and is an eighth grader at the Professional Children's School. He also attends the Juilliard pre-college division program, where he studies piano and violin.
In an interview with the Washington Post, Conrad said "I am sort of a normal kid, but sort of not. I'm basically interested in the same things as other kids when it comes to books and movies and such And I'm not such a big fan of practicing. But I have to do it or else it won't work out for me."