Melvyn Tan
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Born
Singapore
Studies
London
Highlights
Groundbreaking Beethoven recordings (EMI) | Song recitals with A. Kirchschläger, A.S. Otter, O.Bär, A. Auger | complete cycles Beethoven, Schubert, Mozart worldwide
Distinction
Fellow of the Royal College of Music, London
Recordings
Virgin Classics, EMI, Deutsche Grammophon, RCA Victor, Harmonia Mundi, BBC, Deux-Elles
Short Biography
Exploration, insight and imagination are vital ingredients in Melvyn Tan’s blend of artistic attributes. He established his international reputation in the 1980s with pioneering performances on fortepiano and continues to cast fresh light on music conceived for the piano’s early and modern forms. Tan possesses a profound understanding of his instrument’s history, its technical evolution and musical development. His performances of piano masterworks, whether on a late eighteenth-century fortepiano or today’s concert grand, penetrate the surface of interpretive traditions and received wisdom to reveal countless expressive nuances and rarely heard tonal contrasts. Acclaimed for the wit and poetry of his playing, Tan has also received ovations for his bold programming and exceptional ability to switch from fortepiano and modern piano, even in the same recital.

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