Patricia Tao, piano
Dr. Patricia Tao leads an active life as a performer, teacher, and concert organizer. On completion of her studies at Harvard University, Indiana University, and Stony Brook University, she performed throughout the US and Europe for ten years with the award-winning Guild Trio, which served as Trio-in-Residence at the Tanglewood Music Center, received one of four nationwide residency grants from Chamber Music America, and was chosen as “Artistic Ambassadors” for the USIA. With the Guild Trio, she also premiered, recorded, and commissioned a number of works, including William Bolcom’s Spring Trio and Sheila Silver’s To the Spirit Unconquered.
As a soloist, she toured the US for Columbia Artists’ Community Concert series and overseas as an Artistic Ambassador for the USIA. She also performed for many years with Trio Voce (Jasmine Lin, violin, and Marina Hoover, cello), releasing two critically-acclaimed CDs. Trio Voce’s live performances were broadcast frequently on Chicago’s classical music station, WFMT.
Now in her 16th year as artistic director of the Edmonton Chamber Music Society’s Summer Solstice Music Festival, Dr. Tao programs innovative concerts and collaborates with some of North America’s most distinguished soloists and chamber musicians.
Dr. Tao is a dedicated and passionate teacher. She has given master classes in North America, Europe, and Asia, and frequently adjudicates festivals in Canada. She was an Artist-in-Residence at the University of Virginia for two years, taught at Western Washington University, and was on the faculty at the University of Alberta from 2002-2022.
Her distinguished teachers include Leonard Shure, Gyorgy Sebok, and Gilbert Kalish in piano, and Leon Fleisher, Bernard Greenhouse, and Gilbert Kalish in chamber music.
She is Professor Emerita at the University of Alberta.