BIOGRAPHY

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FULL BIOGRAPHY

Adam Tan (b. 1994) (he/him) is a marimba soloist, composer and content creator based in Perth, Western Australia. 

Adam creates percussion content and hosts THE STUDIO, a self-produced YouTube show uploading weekly videos for education and entertainment. Since 2016, THE STUDIO's global audience has grown to over 30,000 subscribers and 3.5 million views.

Adam has performed and presented globally to live audiences in Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, Taiwan, and United States, as well as online audiences in Argentina, Honduras and the United Kingdom. Highlights include performances at multiple Percussive Arts Society International Conventions (PASIC), inc. percussion days (Japan), Oh! Asian Percussionists Series (Hong Kong), ​​PAS Hong Kong Days of Percussion, Malaysia Percussion Festival, Chosen Vale Percussion Seminar (USA), VCS Conservatory of the Arts (USA, solo recital) and masterclasses at National Sun-Yat Sen University, National Kaohsiung Normal University, Kaohsiung Senior High School, Wu-Ling Senior High School (Taiwan), Victoriano Lopez Music School (Honduras), the Conservatorio Superior de Música Ástor Piazzolla (Argentina), 505A Percussion Gathering (Hong Kong) and Southern Utah University (USA). Adam has also served as faculty and/or adjudicator for the HKYMI Western Percussion Ensemble Contest (Hong Kong), Austin Percussion Festival (USA), MalletLab Summer Intensive (USA), Australian Percussion Gathering, Marimbafest 2021 and 2022, Australian Percussion Eisteddfod and WA Day of Percussion (Australia). Adam's work as a soloist has been featured in Percussive Notes, Cut Common Magazine, @ Percussion, The Band Lab and more.

As a composer, Adam's works for percussion are performed by thousands annually and appear on compulsory repertoire lists in schools, competitions and festivals around the world, including the UIL Texas Prescribed Music List (PML), Trinity College London Diploma Repertoire List and FBA Bandmasters Association Solo List. Adam's works are available to listen to on all music streaming platforms and stores and sheet music is available on his online store, Edition Svitzer and all major sheet music retailers.

In 2021, Adam started developing a new signature mallet series under his name with Encore Mallets and Salyers Percussion, the Encore Mallets Adam Tan series. Its alpaca wool yarn, oversized round SBR core and latex wrap creates the signature warmth, weight and clarity that Adam uses in not only his music, but most other marimba solo styles as well. It is one of only two mallet series in the world that currently incorporate a Chinese name on the shaft, and is the second ever Encore mallets series to have a pre-made graduated set option (AT4/AT3/AT3/AT2). The AT series launched in July 2022 and is available in both birch and rattan from stores worldwide, including Steve Weiss Music and Percussion Source.

Back home in Perth, Adam is the founder and director of Marimbafest Australia, a non-profit organisation dedicated to the promotion of percussive arts in Australia. Marimbafest Australia curates the annual international marimba festival and competition Marimbafest (with festivals in 2019, 2021 and 2022). Adam has been a percussion tutor and lecturer at the University of Western Australia Conservatorium of Music and directs classes at his percussion studio, THE STUDIO by Adam Tan.

Adam has a Master of Music (Research, Percussion) and Bachelor of Music (1st Class Hons) from the UWA Conservatorium of Music, receiving the Lady Callaway Medal for Music, Royal Over-Seas League (ROSL) Prize in Third-Year Performance, ROSL Postgraduate Scholarship, UWA Graduates Prize in Music and the Australian Postgraduate Award. Adam was under the tutelage of Paul Tanner, Nicole Turner, Tim White and Louise Devenish and received mentorship from Mark Applebaum, Kuniko Kato, Doug Perkins, Suyin Tan and Nancy Zeltsman.

Adam is a Premier Artist of Marimba One (USA) who performs on a Marimba One Izzy (Traditional/Classic), and is a Signature Artist of Encore Mallets and Salyers Percussion (USA) with the Encore Mallets Adam Tan mallet series. Adam's music is published by Edition Svitzer (Denmark). Adam is also an Artist for Soundbrenner (Hong Kong) and uses the Soundbrenner Minuendo earplugs, STOMP Bluetooth pedal, BOYA Smartphone Microphone and Core metronome smartwatch.

SHORT BIOGRAPHY

Adam Tan (b. 1994) (he/him) is a marimba soloist, educator, composer and content creator based in Perth, Western Australia. Adam is most known as the face of THE STUDIO, a YouTube series about various topics of percussion.

Adam has performed and presented hundreds of performances and classes to live audiences in Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, Taiwan, and United States, as well as online audiences in Argentina, Honduras and the United Kingdom. As a composer, Adam's works for percussion appear on repertoire lists in schools, competitions and festivals around the world, including the UIL Texas Prescribed Music List (PML). Adam is also the director of Marimbafest Australia, an organisation that curates the annual international marimba festival and competition Marimbafest. 

Adam has a Master of Music (Research, Percussion) and Bachelor of Music (1st Class Hons) from the UWA Conservatorium of Music.

Adam is a Premier Artist of Marimba One (USA) who performs on a Marimba One Izzy (Traditional/Classic), as well as a Signature Artist of Encore Mallets and Salyers Percussion (USA) with his own mallet series, the Encore Mallets Adam Tan series. Adam's music is published by Edition Svitzer (Denmark) and is an Artist for Soundbrenner (Hong Kong).

Nice to meet you. I'm Adam.