Biography: Amy Tan

AmyTan Prize-winning pianist Amy Tan has performed in Europe, Asia and North America. Originally from Malaysia, Amy has been active in both music and dance of local traditions in addition to her classical western music training. She started playing the piano at the age of three and earned her Diploma in Piano Performance from the London College of Music at the age of 15. Amy has also played the violin, flute, and tuba in various orchestras and ensembles in Malaysia.

Amy was awarded a scholarship from the University of Florida in 2007 to study piano performance at New World School of the Arts (NWSA) in Miami, Florida where she was under the tutelage of Roberto Berrocal and Ciro Fodere. A regular in the NWSA’s Pianists Recital Series, she was also a first violinist with the Broward Symphony Orchestra in Fort Lauderdale, performing in the 2008 Winter Series. She graduated magna cum laude from the College of Charleston in 2012, where she was a recipient of the Edwin Davis Peacock and Virginia Zeigler Potter scholarships in piano performance. She also received an Artist Certificate in Piano Performance from the College while studying with Enrique Graf. She has participated in masterclasses with such world-renowned pianists as Sergei Babayan, Alexander Korsantia, Graham Scott, Ilana Vered, Michael Lewin, Beatrice Long, and Eduardo Delgado. Amy is currently a student of Olga Radosavljevich at the Cleveland Institute of Music, and faculty at the Aurora School of Music.

In 2010, Amy formed the Tan and See Piano Duo with her colleague, Singaporean pianist Chee-Hang See. They have been described as “emanating a sense of pure fun that is always infectious to audiences” ( They have been finalists of the International Web Concert Hall Competition and have performed in festivals and concert series in Europe, Asia and North America. Their solo and orchestral appearances have been broadcast on Public Radio. They have attended masterclasses with the Aebersold/Neiweem Duo, DUO Stephanie and Saar, Oleyuria Duo, and Stenzl Duo. They have been faculty at the Charleston Academy of Music and the Chicago Duo Piano Festival.