Hailed by renowned music critic Harris Goldsmith as "the most exciting prodigy to ever come my way" (Musical America), 17-year-old Chinese-American pianist Conrad Tao was found playing children's songs on the piano at 18 months of age. Born in Urbana, Illinois, he gave his first piano recital at age 4, and at age 8, made his concerto debut performing Mozart's Piano Concerto in A major, K. 414. Conrad is currently a Gilmore Young Artist, an honor awarded every two years to single out the most promising of the new generation of U.S. pianists. In December 2011, he was the only classical musician to make Forbes' "30 Under 30? list highlighting the "youngest stars in the music business." His first album for EMI, featuring solo repertoire including three of his own compositions, was released as an iTunes exclusive as part of the "Juilliard Sessions" series in February 2012.