University of Southern California - D.M.A.
McGill University - M.M.
Canadian pianist Barry Tan, based in Los Angeles, California, is enjoying a career as an active soloist, collaborative artist, and educator. He holds a Master of Music degree from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, under full scholarship, and is currently pursuing Doctoral studies at the University of Southern California, with fields in Piano Performance and Music Production. He serves as a Studio Teaching Assistant to the Keyboard Studies Department at USC where his duties include teaching group class piano to non-majors, and private instruction to piano majors at the undergraduate and graduate level.
Recent performance highlights include solo and collaborative performances throughout North America; a scheduled solo recital tour in partnership with the BC Health Arts Society; performing as soloist with the USC Thornton Symphony Orchestra (New Music Concert) and Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra, and participating as a 2020 Piano Fellow at the Tanglewood Music Festival, in Massachusetts.
Barry has also participated in other various music festivals throughout North America and Europe, including: Montecito (Southern California), Young Artist Program at the National Arts Center (Ottawa), Victoria Summer Music Academy (BC), Mozarteum Academy (Salzburg), a Fall Residency at the Banff Arts Centre (Alberta), and the Orford Musique Academie (Quebec). He is funded by various grants and scholarships throughout North America, and most recently, was awarded as a 2020 recipient of the BC Arts Council Scholarship.
As an active member of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), Barry serves as the President for the 2020-2021 Collegiate Chapter at USC, as well as the California Association of Professional Music Teachers (CAPMT), where he recently published an article on their e-journal, CAPMT Connect. He has presented at the Florida State Music Teachers Conference, the California Association of Professional Music Teachers, and the 2021 MTNA National Collegiate Symposium. Barry previously worked as the Artistic Director at Place Des Arts’ Piano Chamber Music Program in Coquitlam, BC. He mentored several piano trio and 2-piano ensembles for recitals, local festivals, competitions, and engagements in community events throughout the school.
In his spare time, Barry enjoys exploring new neighborhoods in Los Angeles, film photography, watching A24 movies, and producing contemporary beats on Logic Pro X.