Su Lian Tan

Su Lian Tan is a much sought after flutist and composer. Her music has been described as “the stunner of the evening,” (Washington Post) and “...refined, cultured compositions… Rewarding for everyone...” “far and away my favorite…a must- own for flutists and flute enthusiasts..” (Fanfare Magazine), “it is simply gorgeous…so original” ( Carol Wincenc, flutist). Making her first recordings at the age of 14, she has recently been featured in Flute Talk and released a CD featuring her performances of new works dedicated to her, Grand Theft and other Felonies (ARSIS Audio). Superstar Carol Wincenc performs her Autumn Lute- Song as a finale to the program. Ms. Tan has been commissioned by groups such as the Grammy-winning Takacs String Quartet, Da Capo Chamber Players, and the Vermont Symphony. Another recent release Music by Su Lian Tan (ARSIS) contains Jamaica’s Songs, written in collaboration with author Jamaica Kincaid. Her intermedia chamber opera Lotus Lives was performed to great acclaim in the last two seasons. Upcoming premiers of commissioned works includes a piano quintet for Sophie Shao, cellist, and concerti for virtuosi Joe Burgstaller, trumpet, and Darrett Adkins, cellist. A current recording project features the Jupiter String Quartet and Bruce Brubaker. Her music is published by ECS Publishing and Theodore Presser.

Also a dedicated teacher, Ms. Tan is Professor of Music at Middlebury College, where she continues to mentor talented young musicians. This season and next, she will perform, give master classes and guest lectures at several venues including the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory in Singapore and Oberlin College, Ohio. She has received numerous accolades and citations for teaching as well as for her music, including awards from ASCAP and the Naumburg Foundation. She holds degrees from the Trinity College, London (F.T.C.L.), Bennington College (B.A.), The Juilliard School (M.M.) and Princeton University (Ph.D.).