Variations for Judith
11 short reflections on Bist du bei mir (G H Stölzel arr. JS Bach)

 

I am particularly thrilled that Melvyn is premiering these pieces. One of the most gifted and versatile pianists of his generation, he has created a range of programmes that complement this wonderfully eclectic set of miniatures. He has performed at Spitalfields on modern piano and fortepiano, giving most recently an outstanding interpretation of Messiaen's Vingt Regards, which was attended by many of the composers who contributed to the Variations.’- Judith Serota

'Each respect the brevity of the aria, and are in many ways a very personal musical letter to Judith. There is however a huge variety of moods: some are quirky and humorous, others more sombre; some pay tribute to the acoustics of the church, others to the choral writing of Bach. Each one of them a unique gem in a wonderful collection that commemorates Judith’s precious involvement within the organisation she led.' - Melvyn Tan

 

MELVYN TAN – BIOGRAPHY 

Born in Singapore in 1956, Melvyn Tan lives in London, his home since he arrived at an early age to study at the Yehudi Menuhin School and Royal College of Music.

Tan has built a formidable international reputation as a versatile keyboard player. He travelled to the origins of his instrument to rediscover it, and in doing so he earned worldwide acclaim as a leading exponent of the fortepiano and the broader early music movement. His collaboration with Sir Roger Norrington produced a number of landmark recordings and performances, including the Beethoven and Mozart Piano Concertos for EMI, and a European tour with the London Classical Players on Beethoven’s very own 1817 Broadwood piano.

Today, Melvyn Tan performs on both the fortepiano and modern piano. Passionate about the French repertoire and an expert in the Classical and pre-Romantic periods, he has won critical acclaim for his complete cycles of the Beethoven concertos and sonatas, Mozart sonatas, Debussy préludes and Chopin préludes. A well-travelled musician, his visits have frequently brought him to world class venues including London’s Wigmore Hall and Royal Festival Hall, New York’s Lincoln Centre, Vienna’s Konzerthaus and Musikverein, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw and festivals such as Salzburg, Edinburgh and Spitalfields.  Over the years, he has worked with orchestras such as the London Philharmonic and Netherlands Symphony orchestras, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Academy of St Martin’s in the Fields, Stuttgart Radio, Salzburg’s Camerata and Mozarteum orchestras, New World and Melbourne symphonies and has toured  Australia regularly with the Australian Chamber Orchestra.  

Chamber music and Lieder, from Haydn to Messiaen, hold an important place in Tan’s repertoire. He has recently worked with cellists Guy Johnston and Steven Isserlis, with whom he has recorded the complete Mendelssohn works for cello, the Skampa Quartet and pianist Ronald Brautigam.

In addition to the Beethoven and Mozart Piano Concertos, Melvyn Tan’s recordings for EMI Classics include discs of Beethoven sonatas, Schubert Impromptus and Weber’s Konzertstück with the London Classical Players and Sir Roger Norrington. Further recordings of Mozart concertos are on Harmonia Mundi (with Philharmonia Baroque and Nicholas McGegan) and Virgin Classics, this time with Tan’s own group, the New Mozart Ensemble. More recently, Melvyn has appeared on the London Chamber Orchestra Live label performing and directing from the keyboard Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 12 and Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 2.

Melvyn is passionate about teaching the younger generations –  he has taught as Guest Professor at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory in Singapore and later this year, will continue as their Artist-in-Residence for the next few years. 

 

 

 

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