“Gifted with an exemplary piano touch and an admirable physiological setup…” – Robin Bowman, world-renowned coach and accompanist
“…an excellent Italian language and music coach…” – Matteo Dalle Fratte, Italian coach at Royal Opera House
“…an outstanding performance marked by technical excellence and fluency, original approach to interpretation and highly developed sense of ensemble playing.” – Mikhail Kazekevich, Russian concert pianist
Malaysian pianist Bernard Tan is a collaborative pianist, vocal coach and opera répétiteur. He graduated with Master of Music in Collaborative Piano with Distinction from Royal Birmingham Conservatoire in the UK, under the tutelage of Robin Bowman and Jan Loeffler. An active musician, Bernard has won the John Ireland Accompanist Prize, Birmingham Town Hall Symphony Hall prize; second prize in the Delia Hall Accompanist Prize, and highly-commended pianist in both the Edward Brooks Lieder and English Songs Prizes, and the Stuart Cameron French Song Prize. In the Conservatoire, Bernard was also a recipient of Denis Matthew Memorial Trust and Malcolm John Bullock Memorial Trust Award. Bernard won the prestigious Hester Dickson full scholarship award to Oxenfoord International Summer School in 2016, led by the renowned pianist Malcolm Martineau. He also served as staff pianist in Abingdon Summer School for Solo Singers and Jackdaws French Art Song Workshop.
Raised in Seremban, Malaysia, Bernard started playing the piano at the age of 6 under Chen Chit Shian in Melody Music School. In 2007, he came under the tutelage of Woon Chi Choong and obtained both the Licentiate Diplomas in Piano Performance, LTCL and LRSM. Majored in classical piano performance, Bernard completed undergraduates with First Class Honours from University Putra Malaysia (UPM), under the tutelage of Carolyn Lo. He was taught by Elaine Pao and Geneviene Wong in collaborative piano. Bernard was the pianist of Malaysian Philharmonic Youth Orchestra (MPYO) from 2013-2015, performing under the baton of Kevin Field and Fabian Russell as an orchestra pianist and as a chamber pianist in Dewan Filharmonik Petronas (DFP).
Bernard is also an experienced vocal coach and répétiteur, receiving high demands and recommendations from singers. He is known for his sensitivity to the text and imaginative musical suggestions in his coaching. He also developed a specialisation in Italian diction and its functions in operas and Italian songs, and was regarded as “an excellent Italian language and music coach” by Matteo Dalle Fratte, Italian coach at Royal Opera House, London. In March 2017, Bernard directed, coached, and performed in a project of Romantic Italian art songs “Amore e morte”.
Bernard is currently residing in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA, studying with Martin Katz on the Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) programme in collaborative piano at University of Michigan, a position he was offered with a full tuition scholarship and an appointment as Graduate Staff Assistant. This summer, he will be a member of faculty in Veneto Opera Summer School organised by Melofonetica, and a coaching fellow in both Opera on the Avalon (Canada) and International Lyric Academy (Italy).
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