Tee Khoon Tang, named one of the 40 under 40 faces to watch by Prestige Singapore, is the second-ever violinist to be awarded the loan of a J.B. Guadagnini violin by the Singapore National Arts Council.
Tee Khoon Tang has been described as ‘a chamber musician of the highest order’, and a ‘national treasure’, her playing as ‘truly transcendent’ and where an ‘unfailingly singing tone co-exist with an iron-clad technique and razor-keen responses’.
Tee Khoon Tang first made her concerto debut with the NUS Symphony Orchestra in Singapore at age 12 and has since performed as a soloist with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, the Singapore Arts Festival Orchestra, the Singapore Chinese Orchestra, and other orchestras in the U.S., Europe and Japan.
As a recitalist and chamber musician, Tee Khoon Tang has performed in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, Czech Republic, Australia, Japan, Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia.
After being awarded the violin loan in 2009, Tee Khoon Tang performed as soloist and recitalist at Kioi Hall Tokyo, Banff Centre for the Arts Canada, St. John Smith’s Square London and at Singapore’s celebration of 40 years of diplomatic ties with Philippines as soloist with the Philippines Philharmonic Orchestra.
Some of Tee Khoon Tang’s appearances at high profile events include private performances for the late Singapore President Ong Teng Cheong, a Tsunami Benefit Concert by the ASEAN Women’s Circle in Washington D.C., and the World Trade Organization Closing Ceremony in Singapore.
Tee Khoon Tang has won numerous awards for her work, including being named the 2004 winner of the East and West International Artists Auditions in New York, which led to her successful debut recital at Carnegie’s Weill Hall the following year. Prizes and awards also include 2nd prize at the Klein International Competition U.S.A., 1st prize at Kocian International Violin Competition Czech Republic, the Myra Hess Award U.K., the Martin Musical Scholarship U.K., the London Symphony Orchestra String Scheme Award, the Singapore Shell-National Arts Council Arts Scholarship, and the Tan Kah Kee Postgraduate scholarship.
As a chamber musician, Tee Khoon Tang has collaborated with the members of Emerson String Quartet, Takács String Quartet, Borromeo String Quartet, Peabody Piano Trio, San Francisco Piano Quartet, Wu Han, Hsin-Yun Huang and Ian Swenson. Her appearances at chamber music festivals include Seiji Ozawa’s International Music Academy, Switzerland; Open Chamber Music Sessions, Prussia Cove, U.K.; and Chamber Music Residencies at the Banff Centre for the Arts, Canada.
Tee Khoon Tang is also passionate about education and the community. In 2008, she performed in Japan and Indonesia with violinist Midori as part of a string quartet. With their interactive performances, they hoped to acquaint children and the less privileged communities in Japan and Indonesia with western classical music. Tee Khoon Tang also directs a bi-annual chamber music series in Singapore.
Tee Khoon Tang mentored with Donald Weilerstein in Boston and David Takeno in London U.K.