Testimonials

Robin Bowman

World-renowned Vocal coach and accompanist

“His playing combines secure reliability with an inquisitive imagination which manifests itself most sharply in matters of tone-colour, sensitivity of micro-timing in matching the singer, and an ability to maintain a sense of energy and flow without ever seeming mechanistic and unyielding. He delights to learn and is immediately and lastingly efficient in absorbing that learning, and allowing it to reproduce itself and to develop and mature over time.”


Matteo Dalle Fratte

Director of Melofonetica, Italian coach in Royal Opera House

“Bernard demonstrated a very good knowledge of Italian diction across different styles and repertoire. His ability to understand how correct pronunciation can be combined with musicality and expressiveness was outstanding, both as an accompanist and in his ability to coach and support singers’ learning progresses. I can easily see Bernard as an excellent Italian language and music coach, together as a potentially international accompanist and répétiteur for both Italian songs and Italian opera repertoire.”


Mikhail Kazakevich

Russian Concert Pianist, Piano Staff in Trinity Laban Conservatoire

“Bernard Tan has given an outstanding performance marked by technical excellence and fluency, original approach to interpretation and highly developed sense of ensemble playing. There have been a very impressive range of sonorities and great sensitivity to tonal, harmonic and register changes in his playing.”


Richard Lloyd Owen

Director of Emporio Opera, Spinto Tenor

“I have worked with Bernard professionally for the past two years. He is a talent­ed and reliable acco­mpanist with the facilities to play all of the styles demanded, backed up with a thorough understanding of the way the texts work with different voices. He is also a competent coach in the Bel Canto style and has good langu­age skills. He has developed a specialisation in Ita­lian and its function in operas and Itali­an songs. Bernard has been a performer I have valued and enjo­yed working with.”


Cate Hulme

Soprano at Opera Mint

“I’ve been working with Bernard for the last year and his help – both as a coach and as an accompanist – has been enormously important to me.  Bernard is a very supportive and encouraging person to work with; as well as being a brilliant pianist, he understands the challenges that different repertoire presents to a singer and actively helps to find ways to overcome these.  Whether it be a problematic rhythm or a question of pronunciation of unfamiliar language, he is thorough and knowledgeable.”


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