Cheryl Tan

Currently in her first year at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cheryl holds a scholarship to study Piano Performance with Michael Young on the Masters of Music Programme. Cheryl began playing the piano at the age of three. Growing up, she has enjoyed exposure to a range of instruments, and has been invited to perform in High Scorers’ Concerts organised by the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) for achieving the top marks across various examinations in Singapore, both on the piano and violin. Aside from classical Western music, Cheryl is also proficient on the Erhu and Guzheng, traditional Chinese instruments on which she has performed a wide repertoire.

Cheryl takes a keen interest in chamber music, and was pianist of the trio that won 1st Prize in the inaugural Chamber Music Competition of the Singapore Performers’ Festival in 2010. She also had the opportunity to travel to Penang, Malaysia, for a combined chamber music concert with the Penang Philharmonic Chamber and Voices Group in 2012, where she performed at the Prince of Wales International School and St. Joseph’s Cathedral. In 2013, she worked with the Braddell Heights Symphony Orchestra as a harpsichordist in a performance of Handel’s Messiah.

At the age of sixteen, she was awarded a Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music (LRSM) in Piano Performance and an Associate of the Trinity College London (ATCL) in Violin Performance before arriving in England to further her piano studies with John Byrne as a specialist pianist at Wells Cathedral School, Somerset. In the summer of 2018, she graduated from the University of Oxford with a First Class BA (Hons) in Music. During her undergraduate years, she was the organ scholar and president of the musical and arts society at St. Hugh’s College. She has performed for the Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University and given several recitals at New College, Queen’s College, St. Hugh’s College, and Exeter College, where she performed Mozart’s Piano Concerto in D minor (no. 20).

She spent her undergraduate years under the tutelage of Victor Sangiorgio. During this time, she received awards in several festivals in London and the South-West, as well as a second-prize diploma at the Mozart Competition in Italy, and a Platinum Award in the 6th Singapore Performers’ Festival. Cheryl was a recipient of the Joan Conway Scholarship in Advanced Performance Studies from the University of Oxford, and had the opportunity to spend a week at the Chethams International Summer School & Festival for Pianists in August 2017.She has participated in masterclasses with renowned pianists and pedagogues. In Britain, she has worked with Joanna MacGregor, Vanessa Latarche, Christopher Elton, Murray McLachlan, Jeremy Young, Leslie Howard, Peter Donohoe, Graeme Humphrey, Anna Tilbrook, Leon McCawley, Jonathan Powell, and Vadim Gladkov. She has also played to American professors Michael Lewin, Craig Sheppard, and Boaz Sharon, as well as Singapore-based pianists Albert Tiu, Toh Chee Hung, and Thomas Hecht.