Azariah Tan is a well-known pianist and pedagogue in Singapore. As an educator, he conducts lecture-recitals at local and international conferences as a guest artist. He has taught on the piano faculty of Bluelake Fine Arts Camp in Muskegon, Michigan and regularly holds masterclasses at music institutions. He has also served as an adjudicator for competitions such as the Hong Kong Asia Piano Open Competition as well as students preparing for the O level Music Examinations. He has also worked along with Randall Faber as a Faber Method Piano Clinician.
Azariah received his Doctorate in Piano Performance from the University of Michigan with Logan Skelton. During his undergraduate studies with Albert Tiu, Azariah was a Dean’s lister at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory, graduating with first-class honors as the Best Graduate throughout the course of study. 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. He has won first prizes at The American Prize, the National Piano and Violin Competition of Singapore, the WPTA International Piano Competition amongst others.
Azariah has also 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 extended him the opportunity to learn from eminent pianists such as Murray Perahia, Dang Thai Son, and Fou Ts’ong.
Azariah has been extensively featured on international TV, radio and in print, 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. He currently serves on the board of Very Special Arts Singapore. 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.