Pianist Conrad Tao — dubbed a musician of “probing intellect and open-hearted vision” by The New York Times — returns to the Benaroya Hall stage to perform Beethoven’s highly original Fourth Piano Concerto. Plus, the orchestra performs Ravel’s enchanting Mother Goose Suite and gives the U.S. Premiere of Hannah Kendall’s Kanashibari, all under the impressive baton of returning guest conductor Jonathon Heyward.
Jonathon Heyward is forging a career, as one the most exciting conductors of his generation. Currently Assistant Conductor of The Hallé alongside Music Director Sir Mark Elder, the young American has also been selected to be part of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra’s Dudamel Conducting Fellowship programme.
Conrad Tao has appeared worldwide as a pianist and composer, and has been dubbed a musician of “probing intellect and open-hearted vision” by the New York Times, a “thoughtful and mature composer” by NPR, and “ferociously talented” by TimeOut New York. Tao’s career as composer has garnered eight consecutive ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards and the Carlos Surinach Prize from BMI.
Led by Music Director Thomas Dausgaard, the Seattle Symphony unleashes the power of music, brings people together and lifts the human spirit. Recognized as one of the “most vital American orchestras” (NPR), the Seattle Symphony is internationally acclaimed for its inventive programming, community-minded initiatives and superb recordings on the Seattle Symphony Media label.
Seattle Symphony Live is generously sponsored by the Scan|Design Foundation by Inger & Jens Bruun. Beethoven & Ravel is generously underwritten by The Nesholm Family Foundation. Jonathon Heyward's performance is generously underwritten by John R. Weiss. Hannah Kendall’s Kanashibari is presented as part of the Seattle Symphony’s New Music WORKS initiative, which is supported in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. New Music WORKS features commissions, concerts and educational activities that use composition as a catalyst for collaboration and engagement in music.