Sendai International Music Competition



TAN Xiaotang (China)

1st Prizewinner of the 2nd SIMC Piano Section

The Vice Professor in Piano Department of the China Central Conservatory of Music, Tan Xiaotang has appeared in many well known concert halls such as Sydney Opera House of Australia and National Centre for the Performing Arts of China, as well as those in France, Germany, Japan, Poland, Portugal and Morocco. He has also collaborated with a list of orchestras including Germany Bamberger Symphoniker, Japan Philharmonic, Tokyo City Philharmonic, Sendai Philharmonic, Morocco Philharmonic, China National Symphony, Shanghai Philharmonic, Beijing Symphony and so on.
Having been invited to numerous music festivals or large scale activities around the globe, Tan Xiaotang has held a number of recitals at Ravel Music Festival and Du Pays Briard in France, Meissen Piano Festival in Germany and Sendai Classical Music Festival in Japan. Tan has made records for Radio France, Bayerischer Runfunk of Germany, Japan TV, renowned classical music magazines, CCTV and China National Radio.

Born in 1979 in Beijing, Tan Xiaotang started to learn piano at the age of five and gave his first performance one year later. In 2002, he was awarded the first prize in the Gold Bell Award Piano Competition, the grandest one in China. In 2004, he won the first prize in the 2nd Sendai International Music Competition (Piano) and was awarded the Honorary Prize of the French ambassadors and the Audience Award. With excellent performance and skillful mastery of orchestra, he successfully gained unanimous admiration from both the audience and the judge panel. In December 2005, again, he ranked first in Animato International Young Pianist Invitation Competition in Paris and won the Audience Award. In 2006 Tan was awarded by Steinway & Sons the title of “Munich Steinway Young Concert Pianist”.

Tan Xiaotang obtained his Master’s Degree and a diploma in piano performance under the guidance of China’s famous piano educator Professor Yang Jun from the China Central Conservatory of Music, world-renowned Piano Master Professor Gerhard Oppitz from Munich Academy of Music and Professor Marian Rybicki from Ecole Normale de musique de Paris successively.

As an emerging pianist, Tan Xiaotang, made it an honor in 2008 to record the piano part for Beijing Olympics in the theme song You and Me and the interlude Five-ring Olympic Flag.