interview: conrad tao

 {classy conrad}
{kind of hipster conrad}

you may know conrad tao from the front page of itunes this week,
or from being the only classical musician on that forbes 30 under 30 list,
or from soloing with like every orchestra ever...
i still think of him as the toddler that played the 
mendelssohn violin concerto with our youth orchestra.
though he's twice the height now, he is still has that face, 
the super smiley one!
and i love running into him at juilliard because it reminds me of
all my fun youth orchestra times way back when.
here's a little interview with him:

tell us, preferably in another language, about the best taco you ever ate.
it was in an open storefront taqueria in mexico city; i can't remember the name of the place. all i remember was losing my arrachera virginity amidst a heavenly cornucopia of flavor. cilantro and raw onions (which i used to abhor) were in abundance. ahh. divinamente delicioso.

if you were forced to trade in your piano for enough of one flavor of pringle (or any other food) to fill the same amount of space in your home, which would you choose and why?
original. i don't mess around!!!

if your compositions were a restaurant, which would it be?
kefi--flawed, occasionally overindulgent, perpetually aiming for bold flavor, always well-intentioned.

what is your favorite thing to eat after a performance?
mcflurry, no contest. close second: a fat medium-rare burger with mushrooms and oodles of cheese. it can be room service or it can be a bison burger at proof on main in louisville.

thank you, conrad!!

{top photo credit: ruiming wang}