Azariah Tan received a Doctor in Musical Arts in Piano Performance from the University of Michigan, under the guidance of Dr. Logan Skelton. The National Arts Council-Conservatory scholar was also a Dean’s lister at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory where he graduated with first-class honors from his Bachelor of Music studies with Albert Tiu. He went on to study at the University of Michigan, receiving two Master of Music degrees in Piano Performance and Chamber Music, as well as being nominated to represent the piano department for the Earl V. Moore School of Music Award.
Azariah is a first-prize winner at several national as well as international piano competitions. More recently, he won the first prize for both the Solo and Concerto categories at the American Prize, the Laureate title at the WPTA International Piano Competition as well as two top prizes at The American Protégé International Concerto Competition.
As an educator, he has conducted lecture-recitals at conferences both locally and internationally, where he has appeared as guest artist and speaker. He has also taught on the piano faculty of Bluelake Fine Arts Camp in Muskegon, Michigan and regularly holds masterclasses at music institutions and colleges. He has also been an examiner for students preparing for the O level Music Examinations and is a certified Faber Method Piano Clinician.
Azariah has been a recipient of many awards, such as the VSArts International Young Soloists Award in Washington DC; the NUS Outstanding Young Alumni Award; the NUS Society Medal for Outstanding All-Round Achievements; the NUS Outstanding Student Achievement Award; as well as full-scholarships from the University of Michigan, the National Arts Council of Singapore, and the Yamaha Music Foundation of Japan.
Fellowship awards – such as the Paul Abisheganaden Grant as well as the RNCM James Mottram Grant– have enabled his participation at well-known music festivals such as the Kirishima International Music Festival, Gilmore International Keyboard Festival and Piano Texas Festival. These fellowships have also extended him the opportunity to work in masterclasses with eminent pianists with the likes of Murray Perahia, Dang Thai Son, Fou Ts’ong and others.
Azariah has been extensively featured on international TV, radio and in printed, as well as national news media, including internet video coverage and the Voice of America. He has performed in the USA at venues such as the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall as well as internationally, in Europe, Japan and South-East Asia, and has appeared in concerto performances with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Polish Silesian Philharmonic, and others.
Azariah feels deep gratitude for the opportunities that life has offered him and gives back by performing at events to raise funds for charity organizations. In 2014, he was named Honoree at the Ten Outstanding Young People (TOYP) Singapore, as well as a finalist in 2017 for the Singapore Youth Award, the nation's highest youth accolade, in recognition of the inspirational role he exemplifies.