Gifted with an exemplary piano touch and an admirable physiological setup…
World-renowned pianist and vocal coach
...an excellent Italian language and music coach…
Matteo Dalle Fratte
Italian coach at Royal Opera House
…an outstanding performance marked by technical excellence and fluency, original approach to interpretation and highly developed sense of ensemble playing.
Russian concert pianist
Malaysian pianist Bernard Tan is a collaborative pianist, vocal coach and opera répétiteur, with a Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) degree in collaborative piano at University of Michigan, under the tutelage of the world-renowned Martin Katz. From season 2020/21, he will be a Domingo-Colburn-Stein young artist pianist/coach at Los Angeles Opera. His versatility as an artist has seen him appointed as opera coach in productions in Italy, Canada and the USA. He recently attended Music Academy of the West as a vocal piano fellow and was a coaching fellow in both Opera on the Avalon (Canada) and International Lyric Academy (Italy) in 2018.
Before coming to the USA, Dr. Tan resided in Birmingham, UK, where he graduated with Master of Music in Collaborative Piano with Distinction from Royal Birmingham Conservatoire in the UK, under the tutelage of Robin Bowman and Jan Loeffler. In the UK, Bernard has won the John Ireland Accompanist Prize, Birmingham Town Hall Symphony Hall prize; second prize in the Delia Hall Accompanist Prize, and highly-commended pianist in both the Edward Brooks Lieder and English Songs Prizes, and the Stuart Cameron French Song Prize. In the Conservatoire, Tan was also a recipient of Denis Matthew Memorial Trust and Malcolm John Bullock Memorial Trust Award. Bernard won the prestigious Hester Dickson full scholarship award to Oxenfoord International Summer School in 2016, led by the renowned pianist Malcolm Martineau. He also served as staff pianist in Abingdon Summer School for Solo Singers and Jackdaws French Art Song Workshop.
A phonetics enthusiast, Dr. Tan coaches lyric diction of 8 languages. He has developed a specialisation in Italian diction and its functions in operas and Italian songs, and was regarded as “an excellent Italian language and music coach” by Matteo Dalle Fratte, Italian coach at Royal Opera House, London. His work in the Italian repertoire has also seen him being appointed as a regular vocal coach with Melofonetica in London, in their annual Veneto Opera Summer School in Italy. In March 2017, Tan directed, coached, and performed in a project of Romantic Italian art songs “Amore e morte”.
Dr. Tan has is also a pioneer of sung phonetics of Mandarin Chinese. He created the method "Pinyin to Singing" to guide English-speaking singers to sing in Chinese in an authentic way, based on the widely-recognised Romanisation of the language, the Hanyu Pinyin system. He has since coached a number of singers in voice repertoire composed in the Chinese language, including holding a lecture-recital in University of Michigan in March 2020.
Raised in Seremban, Malaysia, Bernard Tan started playing the piano at the age of 6 under Chen Chit Shian in Melody Music School. In 2007, he came under the tutelage of Woon Chi Choong and obtained both the Licentiate Diplomas in Piano Performance, LTCL and LRSM. Majored in classical piano performance, Tan completed undergraduates with First Class Honours from University Putra Malaysia (UPM), under the tutelage of Carolyn Lo. Tan was the pianist of Malaysian Philharmonic Youth Orchestra (MPYO) from 2013-2015, performing under the baton of Kevin Field and Fabian Russell as an orchestra pianist and as a chamber pianist in Dewan Filharmonik Petronas (DFP).