Conductor David Danzmayr propels San Diego Symphony to brilliance

11.03.18
Conrad Tao
San Diego Union Tribune

Anglo-American poet T. S. Eliot said that the definition of a classic — in any art form — is one that does not yield up its secrets easily. Guest pianist Conrad Tao found undiscovered secrets in Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 that have been there all along, I suspect, but take a musician with admirable musical scruples to ferret out. [...]

How? Less volume, more finesse, a sense of restraint, and of examining each phrase as if it were brand-new.

Tao is not afraid of displaying his technical brilliance, especially in blazing octaves up and down the keyboard, where his speed — and accuracy — are astounding.
 
 
Tao is only 24. He has a brilliant career ahead — and many more secrets to discover. If I could, I’d hear every performance he plays.