Singaporean trumpeter Erik Tan has performed a wide range of orchestral and chamber repertoire. He graduated at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music and is a recipient of a full merit scholarship. In 2015, he received a scholarship grant from the Trailblazer Foundation and graduated with a Master of Music from the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music.
He has also excelled/won awards in competitions chamber and wind band categories. He was 2nd prizewinner for the Norman Cooper Chamber held in Aberdeen (Brass Polish), Gold award winner at the World Music Contest held in Netherlands (Mus’Art Wind Orchestra), and 1st prizewinner at the Singapore International Band Festival (Orchestra Collective).
Professional groups that he has performed with include the Singapore Symphony, Macao Orchestra, Malaysian Philharmonic, Singapore National Youth Orchestra, Peabody Symphony, Yong Siew Toh Conservatory Orchestra, The Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra of the Music Makers, Penang Philharmonic, Mus’Art Wind Orchestra, re:Sound Chamber Orchestra and the Singapore Armed Forces Central Band.
He has participated in festivals such as the Young Euro Classic (Berlin, Germany), Aberdeen International Youth Festival (Scotland, U.K) and the International Tattoo of Military Band (Quebec, Canada), and is also one of the five trumpet players in Asia to win an audition for the 2014 Asian Youth Orchestra Asia Tour to China, Taiwan, Japan, and Hong Kong.
Erik has also appeared as Principal Trumpet with the Singapore Lyric Opera on numerous performances: SLO’s 2017 Annual Gala Concert and 2015 Double Bill Opera, just to name a few. He was under the tutelage of William Theis, co-principal trumpet of the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, and has also studied with Laurence Gargan, who was the principal trumpet of the Singapore Symphony.
During his senior year at the conservatory, he was selected for an exchange program at the Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University, having the privilege to study with former-Canadian Brass member Joe Burgstaller as well as former-Baltimore Symphony member Mr. Edward Hoffman.
Believing that knowledge knows no boundaries, Erik extends his passion in teaching to his students, where he currently serves as the Main Conductor and Trumpet Tutor of various institutions in Singapore.