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Tan Chai Suang is a horn player with the National Center of Performing Arts Orchestra in Beijing, China. Throughout her music career, she has been invited to play with Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Camerata Zürich, Basel Chamber Orchestra, and Gstaad Festival Orchestra, among others. She has worked with distinguished conductors, such as Myung-Whun Chung, Neeme Järvi, Lu Jia, and Daniel Oren.
Tan is an active chamber musician and specialises in contemporary music. She is now the arranger and a member of the brass quintet of NCPAO. In the summer of 2016, under the tutelage of Heinz Holliger, she worked in a contemporary music ensemble, focusing on the work of young composers. Tan was also a member of the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music Horn Ensemble, and the group won the second prize of the Senior Division at the Singapore Ensemble Competition.
As a soloist, Tan has performed in Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante for Winds with Penang Philharmonic Orchestra. She was a laureate of the inaugural Malaysian Wind Music Prize in 2014, leading her to a solo recital and masterclass tour in Malaysia. Among her many accolades, she is a recipient of “The Best Horn” prize at the “Brass Explosion!” Festival in May 2011.
Before she studied with Olivier Darbellay at Hochschule Luzern, Tan was a scholar at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, National University of Singapore, studying under Mr Han Chang Chou.