|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|
|Born in Singapore in 1956, Melvyn Tan lives in London, his home since he arrived at an early age to study at the Yehudi Menuhin School and Royal College of Music.|
Tan has built a formidable international reputation as a versatile keyboard player. He travelled to the origins of his instrument to rediscover it, and in doing so he earned worldwide acclaim as a leading exponent of the fortepiano and the broader ‘early music movement’. His collaboration with Sir Roger Norrington produced a number of landmark recordings and performances, including the Beethoven and Mozart Piano Concertos for EMI, and a European tour with the London Classical Players on Beethoven’s very own 1817 ‘Broadwood’ piano.
Today, Melvyn Tan performs on both the fortepiano and modern piano. Passionate about the French repertoire and an expert in the Classical and pre-Romantic periods, he has won critical acclaim for his complete cycles of the Beethoven Concertos and Sonatas, Mozart Sonatas, Debussy Préludes and Chopin Préludes. A well-travelled musician, his visits have frequently brought him to world class venues including London’s Wigmore Hall and Royal Festival Hall, New York’s Lincoln Centre, Vienna’s Konzerthaus and Musikverein, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw and festivals such as Salzburg, Edinburgh and Spitalfields.
Chamber music and Lieder, from Haydn to Messiaen, hold an important place in Tan’s repertoire. Some of his current partners include cellist Guy Johnston, the Sacconi and Skampa quartets and pianist Ronald Brautigam.
Melvyn Tan was welcomed back in his home country, which he had not been allowed to visit since the age of 20, in January 2011. The result was a sold out audience at the Esplanade Hall. Since then, Melvyn Tan has returned regularly to Singapore for orchestral and recital performances and to teach the younger generations. From September 2012, he is Artist-in- Residence at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory where he will share his experience and knowledge on the fortepiano, modern piano and music at large.
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