Tan Wee-Hsin

Section Viola

Wee-Hsin Tan has been a member of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra since 2001. He was preparing to embark on a career in Mathematics and Engineering when his participation in the Asian Youth Orchestra during the summers of 1996 and 1997 changed the course of his career. His new-found love in music inspired him to become a musician. Under a SSO/MOE scholarship, Wee-Hsin graduated from the Eastman School of Music with Highest Distinction and later obtained a Masters Degree with Honors in Performance and Pedagogy from Northwestern University. He has performed with the Rochester Philharmonic and Chicago Symphony Orchestras as substitute violist, and has appeared in concerts with the Ying Quartet and Eastman Virtuosi.

An active participant of festivals and pedagogy workshops Wee-Hsin attended Kent Blossom (USA), Indiana University String Academy (USA), Nice Academy (France), Heidelberg Festival (Germany), ASEAN-Japan Symphony Orchestra and the Kumamoto Music Festival (Japan). He has performed in masterclasses led by James Dunham, John Graham, Atar Arad, Mimi Zweig, Jerzy Kosmala, the Medici Quartet and Kumho Asiana Quartet. Principal teachers include Roland Vamos George Taylor and Bradley Lubman (in conducting), and additional viola studies were with Abraham Skernick, Wayne Crouse, Eugene Becker and Luigi Bianchi. Wee-Hsin also studied chamber music with members of the Ying, Vermeer and Miami String Quartets.

A sabbatical leave from the SSO in January 2007 enabled Wee-Hsin to embark on his Doctoral studies at Northwestern where he also served as Teaching Assistant to Roland Vamos. Wee-Hsin was conferred the Doctor of Music Degree eighteen months later, making him one of the fastest achievers of the degree in the University’s history.

Besides his passion for teaching and chamber music playing, Wee-Hsin loves dogs and cycling. He also frequently indulges in dark chocolate and good action movies.