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’s work as recitalist, chamber musician and concerto soloist has been heard at many of the world’s leading concert halls, from the Amsterdam Concertgebouw and Vienna Konzerthaus to London’s Wigmore Hall and Royal Festival Hall and New York’s Lincoln Center, and at the festivals of Salzburg, Edinburgh, La Roque d’Anthéron, at Bath’s Mozartfest and City of London festival.

In recent seasons Tan has connected with audiences across China and South East Asia, introducing many to their first experience of fortepiano and attracting young people to attend recitals on early and modern pianos. Others have discovered his work through his large discography, complete with ground-breaking fortepiano recordings of concertos by Mozart and Beethoven and Schubert’s Impromptus for EMI Classics, and releases on the Archiv, Deux-Elles, Harmonia Mundi, NMC and Virgin Classics labels.

Not content to rest in the box reserved for early music practitioners, Tan began exploring works on the modern concert grand piano. Tan’s refreshing interpretations of everything from Bach and Rameau to Chopin and Debussy are directly informed by his knowledge of historical playing styles and intuitive feeling for the modern piano’s timbres and textures.

After an absence of two decades, Melvyn Tan made a triumphant return to Singapore. He played to a full Esplanade Hall in January 2011 and has since returned regularly to Singapore for orchestral and recital performances and to teach young musicians. Since September 2012 he has shared his knowledge of pianos old and new and of the art of interpretation as Artist in Residence at Singapore’s Yong Siew Toh Conservatory.

During the season 2016-17 Melvyn Tan will be celebrating his 60th birthday and therefore perform in a series of international concerts and tours.

2016/2017
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