Xiaotang TAN is a famous pianist on the classical music scene. He is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Piano Studies at the Central Conservatory of Music, and postgraduate supervisor.
Over the years, he has been active on the stage of major international and domestic music events and has performed in many places around the world. As a soloist, he has participated in “The Belt and Road” music season in Shenzhen, National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA) China Orchestra Festival, May Festival, and the Roam About Classics music season among others. He has successfully worked with Germany’s Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, the German State Philharmonic of Rhineland-Palatinate, Russia’s Mariinsky Orchestra of the Primosky Stage, Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, Japan’s Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as the China National Symphony Orchestra, the National Ballet of China Symphony Orchestra, and the Beijing Symphony Orchestra, which have been highly praised by the audience and critics. He has been invited to play recitals and concerto concerts at the Ravel Music Festival in France, the Meissen Piano Festival in Germany, the Sendai Classical Music Festival in Japan, the International Mariinsky Far East Festival in Russia, the Imola International Piano Music Festival in Italy, and the Beijing Modern Music Festival. In recent years, he has (domestic) premiered Xiaogang YE’s “Scent of the Green Mango”, Messiaen’s “Concert A Quatre”, and Maxwell Davies’ “Sea Orpheus”. His recording of Qigang CHEN’s piano solo piece“Instants d'un Opera de Pekin” has been designated by the composer as a model recording and included in the authoritative “A Century of Piano Solo Works by Chinese Composers (1913 – 2013)”. In addition to playing solo, he has cooperated with many well-known musicians, both at home and abroad, to perform numerous chamber music pieces, such as Beethoven and Brahms’ complete set of sonatas for violin and piano, and a large number of other piano trio works.
TAN has studied under the tutelage of Huiqing SUN, Mingsun ZHOU, Yuan LING, Jun YANG as well as Thomas DUIS, Marian RYBICKI, and Gerhard OPPITZ. He graduated from China’s Central Conservatory of Music, France’s L'Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris Alfred Cortot, and Germany’s Hochschule für Musik und Theater München. TAN has been awarded the highest degree – Performance Diploma and Master Degree. He has won numerous awards at major domestic and international competitions, such as first place at the 2002 “Golden Bell Award of Chinese Music”Piano Competion; the first place and Audience Award at the “Sendai International Music Competition” piano section in 2004; the first place and Audience Award at the“Grand Prix Animato 2005”Rencontre Internationale Des Jeunes Pianistes in Paris, France. In 2008, TAN was fortunate enough to record the theme song of the Beijing Olympics “You and Me” and the piano interlude of the “Five Ringed Flag” to add to the Olympic Spirit. In 2011, he released his solo album recorded with Germany’s Bavarian Radio via Switzerland’s TUDOR label. In 2016, he worked with violinist Can GAO to publish a recording of nine violin and piano sonatas, a program supported by Beijing Higher Education Young Elite Teacher Project. In 2017, TAN was invited to the Concert Hall of NCPA to record a number of solo and chamber music pieces for the NCPA label, along with this he also performed for Radio France,Bavarian Radio,Nippon Television as well as China Central Television, China National Radio, and the NCPA Classical Music channel, winning high praise and popularity among the audience.