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I.M. Terrell Academy Pianist to Perform At Online 2020 Hiett Prize Gala

For the first time in its 16-year history, the Dallas Institute’s 2020 Hiett Prize will be presented during an online gala on November 11 at 6:30 p.m., that will feature this year’s winner, Nina Hitz. 

The Hiett Prize in the Humanities is an annual award aimed at identifying candidates who are in the early stages of careers devoted to the humanities and whose work shows extraordinary promise. The winner receives $50,000 and the coveted Pagasus award.

Performing at this year’s Gala is I. M. Terrell Academy for STEM & Visual and Performing Arts Sophomore Nachuan Tao. Nachuan is a private piano student of Texas C hristian University’s Professor Kohn Owing.

Nachuan will be performing Etude No. 10 in F, "Appassionata” by Franz Liszt.

Nachuan Tao,15, was born in China and started studying the piano at the age of 5. He gave his recital debut at Hongtai Concert Hall when he was 9. He moved to Texas with his family at the age of 12. In China, he was the two-time winner of the prestigious Xinghai National Piano Competition. Since moving to Fort Worth, Nachuan has placed first in both the 2018 (Division II)  and 2019 (Division III) Steinway Junior Piano Competitions. In 2020, he placed third as a ninth grader in the Juanita Miller Concerto Competition sponsored by the Texas Association for Symphony Orchestras. Nachuan currently attends I.M. Terrell Academy for STEM and Visual & Performing Arts in Fort Worth, where he excels academically.