Praised as “eloquent” by the New York Times and a “warmly rhapsodic player” by the Boston Globe, violinist Max Tan has performed extensively as a solo and chamber musician in Carnegie Hall, Symphony Hall, Jordan Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and more. As concertmaster of the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra for its first three years, Tan led the orchestra on an international tour in 2015 to the Czech Republic, Germany, and Switzerland with concerts in halls such as Dvorak and Smetana Hall in Prague, the Berliner Philharmonie, and the KKL Luzern. He is also featured on the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra’s first live commercial recording from Carnegie Hall of Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony with Linn Records.
A Connecticut native, Tan has made solo appearances with the Juilliard Orchestra, Longwood Symphony, the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, and Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra while completing bachelor studies in Human Developmental and Regenerative Biology and a secondary degree in Music at Harvard University, where he was awarded the David McCord Prize. Awarded first prizes at the James Yannatos Competition, the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition, and second prize at the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra Competition, Tan has established arts education, interdisciplinary arts, and cultural citizenship advocacy by founding Harvard’s River Charles Ensemble, a student-led conductor-less chamber orchestra, and leading outreach and marketing efforts for the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra and the Brattle Street Chamber Players. Tan has been heavily engaged in several music and medicine events hosted by the Harvard Medical School and the Harvard Fogg Museum, and regularly visits the Mt. Sinai Hospital Organ Transplant Center in Manhattan to perform for patients, doctors, and staff.
Tan’s festival appearances include Juilliard ChamberFest 2016, Four Seasons Winter Workshop, YellowBarn, the Ravinia Steans Music Institute, Pacific Music Festival, and the 36th White Mountains Music Festival where he was named the inaugural Kramer Fellow. He celebrates nine years of association with the Perlman Music Program, having attended the Summer Music School since 2007, the Chamber Music Workshop since 2012, and traveling with the program to its domestic and international residencies in Sarasota and Tel Aviv. He has also appeared in YellowBarn MusicHaul tours in New York and is working to bring the MusicForFood nonprofit to greater prominence after its first season in New York. Tan, a founding member of the Bordone String Quartet, recently completed the Chamber Music Honors program at The Juilliard School, which gave featured recitals at Lincoln Center, the Harvard Club of New York, Mountain Lake, and WQXR.
Tan’s collaborations with artists have included Itzhak Perlman, Roger Tapping, Hsin-Yun Huang, Paul Katz, Natalia Gutman, Colin Carr, Anthony Marwood, and members of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and A Far Cry. He has also worked under conductors such as Alan Gilbert, Gianandrea Noseda, Pablo Heras-Casado, Peter Oundjian, Thomas Ades, Jun Märkl, Andris Poga, James Gaffigan, Nicholas McGegan, George Manahan, and Valery Gergiev. As a former student of Albert Markov, Lynn Chang, and Itzhak Perlman, Tan has received further guidance from concertmasters of the Vienna, Berlin, and New York Philharmonic Orchestras including Rainer Küchl, Noah Bendix-Balgley, Sheryl Staples, Robert Levin, and musicians of the Juilliard, Guarneri, Cleveland, Emerson, Mendelssohn, Cavani, Borromeo, and Parker String Quartets. He completed his Master’s degree under the tutelage of Donald Weilerstein, Catherine Cho, and Frank Huang at The Juilliard School this past May, where he was the recipient of the prestigious Kovner Fellowship and a generous loan of the 1692 Avery Fisher Stradivarius from the Juilliard Rare Instrument Collection. This fall, he will continue his studies at The Juilliard School as a candidate in the Artist Diploma program.