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Anthony Tan: Biography

Anthony Tan
1978 -
Region: Québec

Anthony Tan

Anthony Tan is a Chinese-Malaysian composer born in Canada now residing in Germany. His music has been performed by Ensemble Recherche, Les Cris de Paris, Ensemble Cairn, L’Orchestre de la Francophonie Canadienne, Ensemble Moderne Academie, Le Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, the New Orford String Quartet, Toca Loca, and the Rubbing Stone Ensemble.

He has presented his music at ICMC, Matrix, Voix-Nouvelles at Fondation Royaumont, Domain Forget, Acanthes, the National Arts Centre Composer's Program and the Academie Internationale de Composition du Blanc-Mesnil. Also involved with music for contemporary dance, he has written for the Merce Cunningham School, Tangente, and the Bravo!FACT dance movie commissions.

Awards include a 2012 Stipendium from the Experimental Studio, the 2011 Giga-Hertz Prize from the ZKM and Experimental Studio, laureate of the International Competition for live-electronics of the Hamburg Klangwerktage, and the Médaille d’or in piano from the Royal Conservatory of Music.

Anthony is currently pursuing the Meisterklasse at the Hochschule für Musik Carl Maria von Weber Dresden with Mark Andre and Franz Martin Olbrisch. Additionally, he holds a Ph.D. (ABD) from McGill University in Montreal, under the supervision of John Rea (Composition), and Steven McAdams (Psychoacoustics). From 2009 to 2010 he studied mixed music with Philippe Leroux and the analysis of electroacoustic music with Robert Normandeau at the University of Montreal. Anthony draws upon past experiences as a DJ, studies in biological sciences, and eastern metaphysics as artistic influence. Further, the interplay between poetic intent and musical structure remains a central question in his work.