LI Tao, Chinese composer and pianist, started playing piano at age 4 and became a composer at age 11. Graduated with honors from Central Conservatory of Music (Beijing, China) and DePaul University (Chicago, IL) in music composition and received scholarships and awards from both schools. Winner of the 2013 Kleinman Composition Competition and her pieces have been performed internationally by Chicago’s Fifth house ensemble; DePaul University’s orchestra; the Oregon Percussion Ensemble; the TaiHei Ensemble; the Ova Novi Ensemble; the Oregon Bach Festival Composer Symposium; WOCMAT 2015, Taiwan; New music on the Bayou, Monroe, Louisiana; and Kyiv Contemporary Music Days, Kyiv, Ukraine. She is recipient of the Charles A. and Jackie Swenson Scholarship, the Music Dean’s Scholarship from University of Oregon, Brandon Scott Rumsey Award and Global Corner Scholarship from University of Oregon. Chinese traditional culture profoundly influences Tao’s music; She uses ancient Chinese ideology combined with contemporary Western techniques to create her own musical language. Tao is especially interested in exploring inner connections between composer, performer and instrument. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Music Composition as Graduate Teaching Fellow at the University of Oregon studying with Dr. Robert Kyr and Dr. David Crumb.
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