Anthony Tan, Ph.D.

Dr. Anthony Tan

Anthony Tan, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor/Music Program Co-Director


Composer, Pianist, and electronic musician Anthony Tan draws influence from conceptual metaphors, an attention to the psychophysical experiences of sound, and a reflection on music’s cultural context. His research interests include instrumental concert music with or without electronics, timbre theory, live and interactive electronics, music perception, composer-performer paradigms, free improvisation, and organology.

He has presented his music at major festivals including the Warsaw Autumn Festival (Poland), Kontraklang (Germany), Tonlagen (Hellerau, Germany), Imatronic (ZKM, Germany), SMC Sound and Music Computing Conference (2014, Sweden), 2013 NYC electroacoustic festival (USA), ICMC - International Computer Music Conference (2009 Montreal, and 2010 New York), Matrix '10, '11, and ‘15 at the Experimental Studio (Germany), Domain Forget (Quebec), the IRCAM Computer Music workshops at Centre Acanthes (France), the National Arts Centre Composer's Program (Canada) and the Academie Internationale de Composition du Blanc-Mesnil (France).  Also involved with music for contemporary dance, he has written for the Merce Cunningham School (USA), Tangente (Canada), and Ephemeral Industry (Canada) and the Bravo!FACT (Canada) dance movie commissions. Commissioned by numerous international ensembles, Anthony has written for Ensemble Recherche, the Dresden Philharmonie, LUX:NM, Architek Percussion, Ensemble Contemporaine de Montréal, Les Cris de Paris, Ensemble Cairn, L’Orchestre de la Francophonie Canadienne, Le Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, the New Orford String Quartet, Turning Point Ensemble, and New Music Concerts Ensemble.

Anthony completed his Ph.D. from McGill University, Montréal, Canada, and the Meisterklasse from the Hochschule für Musik Carl Maria von Weber, Dresden, Germany. Awards include a fellowship with the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University (RI’17), the audience and jury prize from the ECM+ Generation 2014 tour, Stipendiums from the SWR Experimental Studio, the 2011 Giga-Hertz Förder Prize, the International Competition for live-electronics of the Hamburg Klangwerktage, and the Gold Medal in piano performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music. 


  • Ph.D. in Acoustic and Electronic Music Composition, and Music Perception - McGill University
  • Meisterklasse (Advanced Artistic Diploma) in Acoustic and Electronic Music Composition - Hochschule für Musik Carl Maria von Weber, Dresden
  • M.Mus. in Acoustic and Electronic Music Composition - McGill University
  • B.Mus. in Composition, and Piano Performance - University of Calgary
  • A.R.C.T (Associates Degree) in Piano Performance - Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto

Courses Taught

Lower Division

  • MUS 2010 Theory II: Contemporary Harmony
  • MUS 2500 Composition Seminar I

Upper Division

  • MUS 3010 Theory III: Post Tonal Theory
  • MUS 3200 Electronic and Computer Music II
  • MUS 3500 Composition Seminar II: Advanced Topics

Selected Fellowships, Awards, and Residencies

  • Banff Center for the Arts, Leighton Artist’s Colony
  • Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study (RI '17), Harvard University, USA
  • Banff Center for the Arts, Winter Musicians in Residence, Canada
  • SWR Experimental Studio, Germany - Residencies (2013, 2015, 2018)
  • Voix Nouvelles, Fondation Royaumont, France
  • Giga-Hertz Förder Prize for Electronic Music, Germany
  • International Competition for live-electronics of the Hamburg Klangwerktage, Germany