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date: 29 May 2020

Tan, Melvynlocked

  • Jessica Duchen

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(b Singapore, Oct 13, 1956). British pianist and fortepianist of Singapore birth. From the age of 12 he studied at the Menuhin School in England, where his piano teachers included Perlemuter and Nadia Boulanger. In 1978 he went to the RCM where he made a special study of performance practice, and from 1980 he devoted himself exclusively to the harpsichord and fortepiano. He performed regularly with period instrument ensembles such as the Academy of Ancient Music and the London Classical Players as well as with the English Chamber Orchestra and the RPO. In 1985 he toured the USA, and in 1987 gave a series of concerts with the London Classical Players under Roger Norrington in Europe, America, Canada, Australia and Japan. Tan founded the New Mozart Ensemble in London, with which he appears regularly. His recordings include music by Beethoven and Schubert; he achieved wider public recognition when he played the fortepiano in the theme music for a popular BBC serialization of Jane Austen’s ...

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