Melvyn Tan
Groundbreaking Beethoven recordings (EMI) | Song recitals with A. Kirchschläger, A.S. Otter, O.Bär, A. Auger | complete cycles Beethoven, Schubert, Mozart worldwide
Fellow of the Royal College of Music, London
Virgin Classics, EMI, Deutsche Grammophon, RCA Victor, Harmonia Mundi, BBC, Deux-Elles
Short Biography
Melvyn Tan was born in Singapore in 1956. He showed prodigious musical talent during childhood and, at the age of twelve, came to England to study at the Yehudi Menuhin School. Tan’s piano teachers – Nadia Boulanger, Vlado Perlemuter and Marcel Ciampi – sparked his lifelong passion for French music in general and the works of Debussy, Ravel and Messiaen in particular. He was encouraged to think about the nature of music during his time at the Menuhin School, to consider its structure and shaping forces, and ask questions of the score. After Tan enrolled at the Royal College of Music in 1978, he broadened his scope of enquiry to include the sounds of early pianos and the playing styles that conditioned them.
Tan’s decision in 1980 to specialise in fortepiano, brave and forward-looking at the time, was rewarded by rapid professional progress over the following decade. He forged an enlightened artistic partnership with Roger Norrington and the London Classical Players, intensified in 1987 during the course of a landmark tour of Europe, America, Canada, Australia and Japan. Capacity audiences attended their Beethoven Experience weekend at London’s South Bank Centre and subsequent international tour, during which Tan performed on Beethoven’s Broadwood fortepiano of 1817.
After an absence of three decades, Melvyn Tan made an emotional and triumphant return to Singapore, playing to a full  Esplanade Hall in January 2011. He has since returned regularly to Singapore and Asia for orchestral and recital performances and to teach young musicians, forging special relationships with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra and the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music. In 2013, Tan also shared his gift of music raising $68,000 for the Viva Foundation for Children with Cancer in a special benefit concert Time Travel with Melvyn Tan, in which he performed on the harpsichord, fortepiano, and the modern piano.
During the season 2016-17 Melvyn Tan he celebrated his 60th birthday and therefore performed in a series of international concerts and tours.

The 2017-18 season includes performances at the Oxford Chamber Music Society, with the Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra (Ravels Concerto for the left hand), at the prestigious Wigmore Hall with Skampa Quartett and many more.

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