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Dr. Tan Wee Hsin

Adjunct Lecturer

Music

Qualification

Doctor of Music,
Northwestern University

Master of Music (Performance and Pedagogy),
Northwestern University

Bachelor of Music,
Eastman School of Music

Biography

Tan Wee-Hsin graduated from the renowned Eastman School of Music with Highest Distinction and holds Masters and Doctorate degrees in Performance and Pedagogy from Northwestern University.  His Doctorate was completed and conferred in eighteen months, an achievement unprecedented in the history of the University.

Appointed to the viola section of the Singapore Symphony Symphony in 2001 by Music Director Lan Shui, Tan has also performed with the Chicago Symphony, Rochester and Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestras as substitute violist under eminent conductors such as Daniel Barenboim, Bernard Haitink, Valery Gergiev and Charles Dutoit among others.  Tan is active in the Singapore music scene as a much sought after recitalist, chamber musician and guest principal violist with various groups.  As a soloist, Tan has appeared with the SSO, Singapore Chamber Players and Braddell Heights Symphony Orchestra.  His chamber recitals include those with the Eastman Virtuosi and Grammy Award winning Ying Quartet in New York, a live broadcast performance over NHK Radio in Tokyo, Choir of King’s College (Cambridge), SSO Chamber Series, Take 5 and PRISM at the 1st Singapore Chamber Music Festival.  Tan has also participated in numerous music festivals and exchanges such as ASEAN Youth Music Workshop, Asian Youth Orchestra, ASEAN-Japan Symphony Orchestra, Kumamoto Festival, Kent Blossom, Nice Academy, Heidelberg Festival and Indiana University Festival for Professional Violinists and Violists.

Aside from his several performance commitments, Tan is also an avid conductor, educator and pedagogue.  He is currently conductor of the Hwa Chong String Ensemble and was previously Resident Conductor of the Singapore National Youth Orchestra from 2011 to 2014.  Other ensembles he has appeared with in masterclasses and performances include the Hwa Chong Concert Band and Chinese Orchestra, Singapore Chamber Players, Raffles Institution String Ensemble and Kluang Chong Hwa High School String Orchestra.  Together with his violinist wife, Lillian Wang, Tan’s involvement with several of these student groups over the years have reached out to benefit charity and community organizations such as Very Special Arts (VSA) Singapore, National Kidney Foundation (NKF) and Children’s Wishing Well among others.  Since 2012, they have also worked closely with the Hong Kong Music for Our Young Foundation to further the cause of music in the lives of the underprivileged.  In recent years, Tan has also been an adjudicator at the Singapore Youth Festival Arts Presentation.

Tan's principal teachers include Lim Tze Chian, George Taylor, Bradley Lubman (conducting) and Roland Vamos,  whom Tan served as Teaching Assistant.