Su Lian Tan is a much sought after flutist and composer. Her music has been described as “the stunner of the evening,” (Washington Post) and “…refined, cultured compositions… Rewarding for everyone... A must- own for flutists and flute enthusiasts” (Fanfare Magazine). Making her first recordings at the age of 14, she has recently been featured in Flute Talk and American Record Guide. Tan has been commissioned by groups such as the Grammy-winning Takacs String Quartet, Da Capo Chamber Players, and the Vermont Symphony. Recordings of her music include a recent release, Grand Theft and other Felonies, which features Carol Wincenc performing Autumn Lute Song and Tan as a flutist. Wincenc and Tan have also performed together, most recently the world premiere of John McDonald’s Altogether Now at the National Flute Association’s convention in San Diego 2016.
Another recent release Music by Su Lian Tan also on the ARSIS label, contains Jamaica’s Songs, written in collaboration with author Jamaica Kincaid. Her intermedia chamber opera Lotus Lives was performed to great acclaim in the last two seasons, as were Revelations, dedicated to Sophie Shao cellist, and Ming, composed for Joe Burgstaller, the premier performance occurring in Singapore. New commissions include Legends of Kintamani a concerto for Darrett Adkins, cellist. Two albums are just released, one with Legends of Kintamani on Naxos and Revelations, a collection of chamber music on ARSIS. Her music is published by ECS Publishing and Theodore Presser.
Also a dedicated teacher, Tan is Professor of Music at Middlebury
College where she continues to be a mentor to talented young musicians. She has given seminars and master-classes at Oberlin College, Boston University, and the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music in Singapore, to name a few. She has received numerous accolades and citations for teaching as well as for her music, including awards from ASCAP, The Academy of Arts and Letters of Quebec, and the Toulmin and Naumburg Foundations and was awarded several residencies from the Yaddo and MacDowell colonies. She holds degrees from the Trinity College, London (F.T.C.L.),Bennington College (B.A.), The Juilliard School (M.M.) and Princeton University (Ph.D.).