Thursday, January 8, 2009

14-year old prodigy replaces veteran in Portland Piano International concert

A last minute cancellation by Russian pianist Polina Leschenko because of a serious knee injury may turn into a good thing for Portland Piano International, because Leschenko is being replaced by the young sensation Conrad Tao, who, though only 14 years old, has taken the piano world by storm. I just found a review by critic Joshua Kosman in the San Francisco Chronicle that supports Tao's amazing ability. Tao's program this Sunday and Monday features a composition that he has written. He was born in Urbana, Illinois and started playing the violin a age 3 and piano at age 3 and a half.

For more on Tao and his upcoming recital in Portland, click here.

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