USC Thornton Master’s student Polina Cherezova talked with pianist Conrad Tao ahead of his Power to the People! festival concert with the LA Phil. The feature was published on the LA Phil’s Watch & Listen home page.
“Conrad Tao, the internationally acclaimed composer-pianist, lives in an imaginative cosmos of his own, where vulnerability reigns,” Cherezova wrote. “He is not afraid to perform barefoot. He adores the world of techno. He struggles to envision himself in the self-conscious setting of competition. And he grew up creating pop music mash-ups on Tumblr.”
The story is part of a new partnership between the LA Phil, USC Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism, and USC Thornton to promote arts writing. LA Phil Student Insiders collaborate with USC Annenberg’s Master of Arts in Specialized Journalism (The Arts) program and USC Thornton to give students opportunities to build their storytelling skills and immerse themselves in the L.A. arts scene. This interview was originally published in the student-run online arts and culture magazine Ampersand.