Biography

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A native of St. Paul, Minnesota, Joshua Tan received his DMA in 2020 as the USC Thornton School of Music Outstanding Graduate, studying as a teaching assistant with Bernadene Blaha. He is currently a collaborative pianist for the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus and maintains an active private teaching studio. The recipient of many awards, he won first prizes at the MTNA Young Artist Competition for Texas and the 4th annual Mika Hasler Foundation Competition. Most recently, he won first prize at the James Ramos International Video Competition for CAPMT and second prize in the USC Piano Concerto Competition.  Joshua frequently collaborates with vocalists, choirs, and composers. He spent two years in the Arizona Contemporary Ensemble, a chamber orchestra dedicated to playing works by twentieth-century and living composers. During his MM studies at the University of Arizona with Dr. John Milbauer, he received the Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award from the College of Fine Arts. In 2015, he represented UA as a touring soloist in the southwestern United States and in Mexico. Joshua received his BM from the University of Houston under Nancy Weems, graduating with honors in piano performance and choral music education.

In addition to performing at the piano, Joshua is actively involved in choral music and composition. His singing endeavors have taken him to France, Germany, and other European countries. In 2015, he won a composition competition at the University of Houston, the prize of which included a premiere and recording. Joshua is a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, a national fraternity dedicated to the advancement of music in America. He also maintains memberships in the Music Teachers National Association and the American Choral Directors Association. An avid traveler, backpacker, and plant enthusiast, Joshua believes that there’s always an adventure to be had!

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