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 “…music that demands to be heard….masterpiece..” (Fanfare Magazine). Making her first recordings at the age of 14, she has also 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. Another recent release Revelations also on the ARSIS label has been received with great acclaim and is performed by the Jupiter String Quartet and Bruce Brubaker. Lotus Lives her intermedia chamber opera was performed and received similar praise. New commissions include Legends of Kintamani a concerto for Darrett Adkins, cellist (recording Oberlin/Naxos) and a piccolo concerto for Nicola Mazzanti. 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.).