Second Prize winner of the 2008 Dimitri Mitropoulos International Competition, Singaporean conductor Joshua Tan’s rise to prominence on the international scene has been marked by recent successful debuts in Carnegie Hall, Philharmonie Berlin, Mariinsky Hall, Bunkamura, Shanghai, Beijing and Taiwan. Joshua was featured as the top Singaporean musical talent to watch for in 2009 by the Singapore newspaper Lianhe Zaobao. He has won numerous awards and scholarships, including the Bruno Walter Memorial Foundation Award, NAC-Shell Scholarship, SSO/MOE Scholarship and is the first-ever recipient of the Charles Schiff Conducting Prize from the Juilliard School for outstanding achievement. In 2011 he received the Young Artist Award of Singapore.
Joshua has come to the attention of the leading conductors of today and has studied with James DePreist, Charles Dutoit, David Zinman and Kurt Masur. Other conductors he has worked with include Michael Tilson Thomas, Ingo Metzmacher and George Manahan.
Orchestras he has conducted include the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Mariinsky Theater Orchestra, Beethoven Bonn Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, National Center for the Performing Arts Orchestra, Urals Philharmonic Orchestra, Okayama Symphony Orchestra, Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra, Russische Kammerphilharmonie, Macau Symphony Orchestra, National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra. Taipei Symphony Orchestra, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Obihiro Symphony Orchestra, Juilliard Orchestra, Toho Orchestra, AACA Orchestra, Kaohsiung City Symphony Orchestra, Evergreen Symphony Orchestra, St Petersburg State Symphony amongst others. Equally at home with both symphonic and operatic repertoire, he has conducted and served as cover conductor for La traviata, L’elisir d’amore, Tosca, Rigoletto, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, La Cenerentola, Der Fliegende Holländer, Lohengrin, Un Ballo in Maschera amongst others and with the Singapore Lyric Opera Carmen, Don Giovanni and Manon Lescaut. He was also cover conductor for Christoph Eschenbach and Lorin Maazel. Also adept at working with film and music, Joshua is a Disney-approved conductor and gave the Asian premiere of Fantasia.
After a successful stint as Resident Conductor of Beijing’s National Center for the Performing Arts Orchestra from 2009 to 2012 with numerous televised concerts, Joshua is currently Associate Conductor of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra and Principal Conductor of the Guiyang Symphony Orchestra.
Highlights of the 2013/14 season include debuts with the China Philharmonic Orchestra, Tokyo Metropolitan Orchestra, a Taiwan concert tour with the Evergreen Symphony Orchestra, Madama Butterfly and La Traviata with the Singapore Lyric Opera amongst others. Joshua is a graduate of The Juilliard School and the Eastman School of Music (High Distinction).