Margaret Leng Tan



Biography

Hailed as "the world's premiere string piano virtuoso," pianist Margaret Leng Tan honors the 70th birthday of George Crumb in "Crumb at Christmas." Her performance features Crumbs' A Little Suite for Christmas, and Makrokosmos, Volume I, Twleve Fantasy Pieces after the Zodiac.

The first woman to graduate with a Doctor of Music from Juilliard, Margaret Leng Tan has since evolved a radically individual performance style fusing sound, choreography and drama. Hailed as "the world's premiere string piano virtuoso" and "the diva of avant-garde pianism" (New York Times), she is known for her performances of Asian and American music that defy the conventional boundaries of the instrument. She is closely identified with the work of John Cage. The New Republic called her "the leading exponent of Cage's music today." She has performed his music throughout the world and has recorded it for audio as well as film releases. Her Whitney Museum appearance at the Jasper Johns Exhibition was hailed as one of the most memorable performances of 1991 by the New York Times. She performed for the opening of the 45th Venice Biennale in 1993, selecting a music tribute to John Cage. Her several recordings have received critical acclaim. She has appeared at major festivals around the world including Ravinia, Spoleto USA, New Music America, Bang on a Can, MANCA (France), Inventionen (Berlin) and Lincoln Center Out-of Doors Serious Fun. Born in Singapore, Ms. Tan made her debut with the New York Philharmonic in 1991.

Watch Past Performances

Video 12/18/1999: Margaret Leng Tan

Hailed as the world's premiere string piano virtuoso, pianist Margaret Leng Tan honors the 70th birthday of Harry Crumb in Crumb at Christmas.

Video 12/17/1999: Margaret Leng Tan

Hailed as the world's premiere string piano virtuoso, pianist Margaret Leng Tan honors the 70th birthday of Harry Crumb in Crumb at Christmas.

Margaret Leng Tan