Eric Tan ’14 wins 2011 Cornell concerto competition

Eric Tan ’14 wins 2011 concerto competition
Eric Tan

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Eric Tan ’14 in the 2011 Cornell Concerto Competition finals in Barnes Hall.
By Daniel Aloi

Pianist Eric Tan ’14 won the eighth annual Cornell Concerto Competition, held Dec. 11 in Barnes Hall Auditorium. Tan performed the first movement of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, accompanied by Tiffany Tsay ’13.

Tan, a computer science major in the College of Engineering, studies piano with associate professor of music Xak Bjerken and is a member of CU Winds. A native of Toronto, he has won top prizes at music festivals and competitions at the national, provincial and local levels.

Sixteen student musicians, with student and faculty accompanists, participated earlier in the day in preliminary rounds of the 2011 competition. Judges chose five students to compete in the final round.

As the winner, Tan will perform a concerto as a featured soloist with the Cornell Symphony Orchestra, March 10, 2012, at 8 p.m. in Bailey Hall.

The other finalists were soprano Marybeth Keiser ’13, an exchange student from the Manhattan School of Music, studying music in the College of Arts and Sciences; and violinists Elaine Higashi ’12, a biological engineering major in the College of Engineering; Jonathan Park ’14, a psychology major in the College of Arts and Sciences, and Moriah Son ’14, an environmental engineering major in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

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