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. THE STUDIO has a global audience with over 23,000 subscribers and 2.2 million views, and has also played host to a diverse range of guests over the years, including legendary vibraphonist Gary Burton.
Adam has performed and presented both locally and internationally 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. Adam performs regularly as a duo with acclaimed marimbist Therese Ng.
As a composer, Adam's works for percussion appear in repertoire lists in schools, competitions and festivals around the world, including the 2019/2020 UIL Texas Prescribed Music List (PML). Adam's music is both released independently in PDF format and also published and distributed internationally by Edition Svitzer in Denmark. Adam's debut album Hope featuring recordings of eight of his works will be published in later 2020.
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 and Percussion All-Stars. Adam is also an ensemble co-director at the West Australian Youth Percussion Group (WAYPG), based at the University of Western Australia.
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.