Melvyn Tan heard Buskaid on their rare visit to the UK this summer. Melvyn was so impressed and moved by the talent and dedication of these young souls from the most difficult of backgrounds, that he immediately suggested spending a week in February working with them on a Mozart piano concerto, giving the students a chance to discover their first Mozart with an artist of international experience.
Against the backdrop of the incomparable Giulini keyboard instrument collection at the 17th century Villa Medici, Melvyn Tan on the modern piano will share his deep experience of performing on a huge variety of instruments from a period of great creative flux in music. The focus will be on Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann and Chopin.
Variations for Judith
On 18 June 2012, I had the honour to premiere a present: A set of variations on Bach’s ‘Bist Du bei mir’, the aria found in Anna Magdalena Bach’s Notebook. Written by composers of today, for someone who worked consistently to give the composers of today a worthy festival and a stage: Judith Serota, Spitalfields Festival’s Executive Director from 1988 – 2007.
Artist in Residence
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 from Oct 2012 – Mar 2015. In the course of his Residency, Melvyn has been prolific in engaging with conservatory and other music students, taking part in special projects of the Conservatory, as well as giving a full solo fund-raising concert in aid of Viva Foundation for Children with Cancer.