Patricia Tao, junior piano
Pianist Patricia Tao leads an active life as a performer, teacher and concert organizer. She performed throughout North America and Europe as a soloist and as a founding member of the Guild Trio for ten years, and currently performs as a member of Trio Voce. She is the winner of the USIA Artistic Ambassador competition and was awarded the position of Trio-in-Residence at the Tanglewood Music Center. Dr. Tao’s performances have been broadcast on National Public Radio’s “Performance Today,” New York’s classical radio stations, and CBC, and her live performances are heard regularly on Chicago’s WFMT. She has recorded both solo and chamber music on the CRI, Arktos, Centaur, and Con Brio Recordings labels.
As concert organizer, Dr. Tao runs the Hear’s to Your Health Concerts held at the U of A medical school and is Artistic Director of the Edmonton Chamber Music Society’s Summer Solstice Festival in Edmonton, which features an international roster of North America’s finest instrumentalists. Dr. Tao received her undergraduate education at Harvard University, a Master’s degree with distinction from Indiana University and her doctorate from Stony Brook University in New York, where her principal teachers were Leonard Shure, Gyorgy Sebok and Gilbert Kalish. She has given master classes at numerous schools in Canada, the U.S., Europe and China and is a frequent adjudicator in B.C. and Alberta. She has taught at the University of Virginia, Western Washington University and is presently Associate Professor of Music at the University of Alberta, where she teaches piano and chamber music.