Anthony Tan is a Canadian composer of Chinese-Malaysian descent currently based in Dresden, Germany. His music has been performed by Ensemble Recherche (Germany), Les Cris de Paris (France), the Contemporary Chamber Players (New York), Ensemble Cairn (France), L’Orchestre de la Francophonie Canadienne (Canada), Ensemble Moderne Academie (Germany), Le Nouvel Ensemble Moderne (Quebec), the New Orford String Quartet (Canada), Toca Loca (Canada), and the Rubbing Stone Ensemble (Canada).
Awards include a 2012 Stipendium with the Experimental Studio, Freiburg (Germany), the 2011 Giga-Hertz Prize for Electronic Music from the ZKM (Germany), laureate of the International Competition for live-electronics of the Hamburg Klangwerktage (Germany), and the Médaille d’or in piano performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music (Canada).
Anthony has presented his music at major festivals including: ICMC - International Computer Music Conference (2009 and 2010), Matrix '10, '11, and '12 at the Experimental Studio (Freiburg), Domain Forget (Quebec), the IRCAM Computer Music workshops at Centre Acanthes (Metz), the National Arts Centre Composer's Program (Ottawa) and the Academie Internationale de Composition du Blanc-Mesnil (Paris). Also involved with music for contemporary dance, he has written for the Merce Cunningham School (New York), Tangente (Montreal), and Ephemeral Industry (Calgary) and the Bravo!FACT (Canada) dance movie commissions.
Anthony is currently pursuing the Meisterklasse at the Hochschule für Musik Carl Maria von Weber Dresden with Mark Andre and Franz Martin Olbrisch. Additionally, he holds a Ph.D. (ABD) from McGill University in Montreal, under the supervision of John Rea and Sean Ferguson (Composition), and Steven McAdams (Psychoacoustics), where his dissertation research focuses on timbre functionality. He was also involved with CIRMMT, the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music and Media, and from 2009 to 2012, taught Digital Studio Composition levels I and II. In 2011, he studied with Brian Ferneyhough in the Voix Nouvelles Program at Fondation Royaumont. In 2009-2010 he studied mixed music with Philippe Leroux and the analysis of electroacoustic music with Robert Normandeau at the University of Montreal.
As a composer for mixed, instrumental, and electronic media, Anthony draws upon past experiences as a club DJ, studies in the biological sciences, and interest in eastern metaphysics as artistic influence. Further, the interplay between poetic intent and musical structure remains a central question in his work.