Singaporean pianist Margaret Leng Tan is one of the most highly regarded performers in American experimental music. Tan, whose work embraces theatre, choreography, performance, has been called the “diva of avant-garde pianism” by The New Yorker. She is renowned as a pre-eminent John Cage interpreter (her mentor of eleven years) and for her performances of American and Asian music that transcend the piano’s conventional boundaries. As one of George Crumb’s favourite performers, Tan’s DVD recording of his Makrokosmos I and II has come to be regarded as a performance manual for pianists. In 2015-17 Crumb composed Metamorphoses, Book I (Ten Fantasy-Pieces after Celebrated Paintings) for Tan and she premiered the work to critical acclaim at major venues and festivals in Europe and the United States during 2017-18.
The first woman to graduate with a doctorate from Juilliard, Margaret Leng Tan has since been hailed as “the queen of the toy piano” (The New York Times) and “the toy piano’s Rubenstein” (The Independent, UK). In her groundbreaking 1997 recording, The Art of the Toy Piano (Point Music/Universal), she transformed a humble toy into a real instrument becoming the world’s first toy piano virtuoso. Her subsequent toy album, SHE HERSELF ALONE: The Art of the Toy Piano 2, was released as a Mode Records CD/DVD. Evans Chan’s film, Sorceress of the New Piano: The Artistry of Margaret Leng Tan, was nominated for “Best Music Documentary” at the American Film Institute/Discovery Channel’s SilverDocs (now a Mode DVD). In 2015 Tan was awarded the Cultural Medallion, Singapore’s highest honour for artists.
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