Adam Tan is a marimbist, educator, composer and content creator based in Perth, Western Australia.
Adam is most known for being a YouTube content creator on THE STUDIO, a self-produced YouTube show uploading weekly episodes for education and entertainment about various topics relating to percussion. Since 2016, THE STUDIO's global audience has grown to over 27,000 subscribers and 3 million views, and has featured instruments and guests from all over the world.
Adam has performed and presented globally in Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, Taiwan and the United States. Highlights include performances at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC), inc. percussion days (Japan), PAS Hong Kong Days of Percussion and Oh! Asian Percussionists Series (Hong Kong), Malaysia Percussion Festival, Chosen Vale Percussion Seminar (USA), Australian Percussion Gathering (Australia), and masterclass presentations at the 505A Percussion Gathering (Hong Kong), MalletLab Summer Intensive (USA) and at various universities and schools across Taiwan.
As a composer, Adam's works for percussion appear in repertoire lists in schools, competitions and festivals around the world, including the UIL Texas Prescribed Music List (PML). Adam's debut album Hope featuring recordings of eight of his works is available to listen to on all music streaming platforms and stores, and sheet music is available on his online store.
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 and 2021). Adam is currently a tutor at the University of Western Australia and also teaches privately at his studio.
Adam has a Master of Music (Research, Percussion) and Bachelor of Music (1st Class Hons) from the University of Western Australia 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.