Su Lian Tan

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Biography

Su Lian Tan is a much-sought after flutist and composer, her music has been described as “the stunner of the evening,” (Washington Post) and “…refined, cultured compositions… Rewarding for everyone...A must- own for flutists and flute enthusiasts” (Fanfare Magazine). Making her first recordings at the age of 14, she has recently been featured in Flute Talk and the American Record Guide. Tan has been commissioned by groups such as the Grammy-winning Takacs String Quartet, Da Capo Chamber Players, and the Meridian Arts Ensemble. Recordings of her music include a recent release, Grand Theft and other Felonies, which features Carol Wincenc performing Autumn Lute Song and Tan as a flutist. Another recent release Music by Su Lian Tan also on the ARSIS label, contains Jamaica’s Songs, written in collaboration with author Jamaica Kincaid. Her intermedia chamber opera Lotus Lives was performed to great acclaim in the last two seasons, as were Revelations, dedicated to Sophie Shao (cellist), and Ming, a concerto composed for virtuoso trumpet player Joe Burgstaller, the premier performance occurring in Singapore. New commissions include a concerto for Darrett Adkins, cellist, and an orchestral fanfare for the Vermont Symphony Orchestra. A current recording project features the Jupiter String Quartet and Bruce Brubaker. Her music is published by ECS Publishing and Theodore Presser.

Tan is Professor of Music at Middlebury College where she continues to be a mentor to talented young musicians. She has given talks, seminars and master-classes at the Capitol Center, NH, the Princeton Institute for Advanced Studies, and the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music in Singapore, to name a few. She has received numerous accolades and citations for teaching as well as for her music, including awards from ASCAP and the Naumburg Foundation. She holds degrees from the Trinity College, London (F.T.C.L.), Bennington College (B.A.), The Juilliard School (M.M.) and Princeton University (Ph.D.).

 

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