The Arizona Senior Academy begins its 2016 concert series at 11:20 a.m. Tuesday (Jan. 5) with a piano recital by Joshua Tan, a young artist whose skills are already recognized.
The program will include a Capriccio by Johann Sebastian Bach, as well as Reflets dans l’eau from Claude Debussy’s Images, Book I, with the remainder of the program devoted to early 19th century masters. Beethoven’s Piano Sonata, Op. 101 will be the weightiest offering, to be joined by an Etude or two from Chopin’s Op. 25 collection, and selections from Schumann’s Kreisleriana, Op. 16.
Joshua Tan is currently a student of John Milbauer at the University of Arizona, pursuing a master’s degree in piano performance. A native of St. Paul, Minnesota, he currently serves as a graduate teaching assistant in Class Piano for the Fred Fox School of Music and holds a private teaching position at the Music and Dance Academy in Tucson.
Tan studied with Nancy Weems at the University of Houston where he earned his undergraduate degree in piano performance and choral music education. While in Texas, he won first prize in the 2013 MTNA State Young Artist Competition and in the Mika Hasler Foundation Competition.
In addition to piano performance, Tan is devoted to music education, choral music and composition. In February 2015, his choral composition, The Robin, won first place in the University of Houston’s choral composition competition.
Written by Leslie Nitzberg, Academy Village Volunteer