Adrian Tan (b. 1977) graduated with honours in Theatre Studies from the National University of Singapore. His significant participation in Music and Theatre has distinguished him as a unique multi-disciplinary artist with an impressive repertoire of work and achievements in Singapore and overseas. He studied conducting with Harold Farberman, Robert Gutter and Ovidiu Balan. He has also participated in master classes in orchestral conducting with Gunther Herbig, and in wind and choral conducting with Jan Cober and Hans Leenders respectively. Adrian is the recipient of the prestigious National Arts Council (Singapore) Overseas Scholarship, and completed his Masters in Music Studies (Conducting) studying with Imre Pallo at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
Adrian has led wind bands and orchestras at the community as well as professional levels. He actively champions the music of Singaporean composers and has been given the honour to present premieres of compositions by Singaporean composers Americ Goh, Zechariah Goh Toh Chai, Ho Chee Kong and Phoon Yew Tien. In 2005, he formed and directed the New Festival Orchestra to perform Rachmaninoff’s 2nd and 3rd Piano Concertos with renowned pianist Tedd Joselson in the 30th Anniversary of his professional debut. In 2006, he made his debut with the Vietnam National Symphony Orchestra (VNSO) for an all-Tchaikovsky program with Chinese violin prodigy Tang Yun (from the Chen Kaige movie “Together”) in a gala concert at the Hanoi Opera House. Other guest conducting appearances include performances with the National Technological University String Orchestra, Beecroft Orchestra (Australia), Braddell Heights Symphony Orchestra (Singapore) and the Filharmonica “Mihail Jora” di Bacau (Romania). He also served as the Assistant Choir Master of the Willoughby Symphony Choir (Sydney, Australia). He was the assistant conductor in the production of Otto Nicolai’s “Merry Wives of Windsor”, and the Musical Director of the production of Darius Milhaud’s “Les Malheurs d’Orphee” at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 2010.
Engagements in 2011 include appearances with the Waverly Bondi Beach Band, the Mosman Orchestra (Sydney, Australia) at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and return engagements with the Filharmonica “Mihail Jora” di Bacau (Romania), Braddell Heights Symphony Orchestra (Singapore) and the Beecroft Orchestra (Sydney, Australia). He will serve as Music Director of the Sydney University Wind Orchestra in 2011.