Performing & Visual Art


Mr. Philip Tan
Division Head
Composer/Arranger/Keyboardist/Percussionist/Artistic Director

M.A. in Music, Kingston University
Dip. in Music (High Distinction)
Dip. in Business Studies

Philip is an award winning innovative Music Director, Composer, Sound Sculptor, Pianist, Percussionist and Arranger. He received the LaSalle-SIA scholarship in 1997 and graduated as the Most Outstanding Student with High Distinction. He was also the recipient of the SIA Award of Excellence in the Arts. With a grant from the National Arts Council, he did his Master in Music at Kingston University, United Kingdom specializing in both Electronic and World Music composition.

He is very active in the local and international music scene, he has composed numerous works for dance, drama, films, musical, multimedia, art installation, percussion ensemble, gamelan orchestra, choral, bands, symphony and many other ensembles. His versatile improvisational skill has been greatly sought after by local and overseas' dance and drama groups. His works have been performed and presented with great credits in many parts of USA, Europe and Asia. Philip's works written for the LaSalle-SIA Gamelan Ensemble have been performed in International Gamelan festivals in New Zealand and Yogjakarta.

His contribution as a music director for many productions, workshops and music schools have indeed been creatively inspirational to the team involved. As a Music Director and Composer, his passionate sense of discovery has won respect and admiration from various multidisciplinary productions that he has involved. In 2003 and 2005, Philip received the Life! Theatre's Best Sound Award for his contribution to theatre music composition. He is currently the Composer-in-residence of the Singapore Wind Symphony Percussion Ensemble.

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