Singapore: Azariah Tan, 25, graduated with a Doctorate in Piano Performance and a double Masters in Music with Professor Logan Skelton at the University of Michigan. The National Arts Council-Conservatory scholar graduated with First-Class Honors in 2011, and studied with Associate Professor Albert Tiu at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, National University of Singapore. As an undergraduate, he was placed on the Dean’s List multiple times and received the National University of Singapore Students Achievement Award for outstanding achievement in the Arts & Culture in 2009.
Azariah has received multiple full scholarships from the University of Michigan, the National Arts Council of Singapore, and the Yamaha Music Foundation of Japan, including several from prestigious music festivals such as the Kirishima Music Festival in Japan and the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He has also taught at the Bluelake Fine Arts Camp at Muskegon, Michigan. Azariah was also a first prize winner in several national and international competitions such as the 2010 Bradshaw and Bruno International Piano Competition, the American Prize 2012 and the 2009 National Piano and Violin Competition in Singapore. Azariah has performed at John F. Kennedy Center as one of the 4 recipients of the VSArts International Young Soloists Award, as well as at the Shakespeare Lansburgh Theatre in Washington DC as a guest artiste for VSArts. He has also performed with the Polish Silesian Philharmonic Orchestra in Japan, the Singapore Symphony Orchestra and Kevin Kern at the Esplanade Concert Hall.
Azariah was diagnosed with congenital bilateral sensorineural hearing loss at the age of 4, a condition that has left him with only about 15 percent of his hearing. His condition has not stopped this pianist extraordinaire from pursuing his passion and career in music. For more on Dr Azariah Tan, visit www.linkedin.com/in/azariah-tan-911b7858