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Margaret Tan

Dragon Ladies Don't Weep

Esplanade-Theatres on the Bay

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Melvyn Tan

Yong Siew Toh Conservatory Orchestra

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Margaret Leng Tan and Melvyn Tan left home at a young age to pursue music studies abroad. Against the odds, they rose to international success and critical acclaim.

Margaret carved a niche on the prepared piano and toy piano.  Melvyn on the fortepiano and modern piano.

Sadly, living professional lives overseas distanced them from Singapore for decades. This was a tremendous loss to a country that was transforming itself into a ‘renaissance arts city’.

We decided to intervene.

First we linked up with Melvyn and presented him in his debut concert in Singapore on 19 January 2011, thus ending his 30-year exile from Singapore. The Straits Times described it as an “emotional and historic event”, likening it to Horowitz’s celebrated return to Russia.

Then we re-introduced Margaret to Singapore securing engagements and a new commission with  the Singapore International Festival of Arts for 2014-2015, breaking her 12-year hiatus from Singapore.

The rest is history!

Both artists have since been prominent features in the musical life of Singapore and the region. Welcomed back repeatedly to perform concerts in solo, ensemble or orchestral settings and in regional performance tours, they also give back by sharing their knowledge and artistry with a new generation of music talents.

Margaret and Melvyn have come full circle in Singapore, contributing to music excellence in a city that is now very different from the one they left.

We are immensely proud to have guided their professional journeys home. We thank the many partners who supported us along the way:

Adelaide Festival Centre

Arts Centre Melbourne

Australian Hadyn Quartet

Aureus Academy

Brisbane Festival

Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay

Guizhou Symphony Orchestra

Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra

LaSalle College of Arts

Melbourne Recital Centre

Melbourne Festival

National Museum

National Gallery Singapore

Orchestra of Music Makers

Re:sound Collective

Singapore Symphony Orchestra

Singapore Chinese Orchestra

Sydney Recital Centre

Sydney Conservatorium

Tang Quartet

Tasmania International Arts Festival

Singapore International Festival of Arts


Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music

See Artists and Projects pages for  more details.