2nd Prize winner of the 2008 Dimitri Mitropoulos International Competition, Singaporean conductor Joshua Kangming Tan’s rise to prominence on the international scene has been marked by recent successfuldebuts in Carnegie Hall, Philharmonie Berlin, Mariinsky Hall, Bunkamura, Shanghai, Beijing and Taiwan.Joshua was featured as the top Singaporean musical talent to watch for in 2009 by the Singapore newspaper, LianheZaoBao. He has won numerous awards and scholarships, including the Bruno Walter Memorial Foundation Award, NAC-Shell Scholarship, SSO/MOE Scholarship and is the first ever recipient of the Charles Schiff Conducting Prize from the Juilliard School for outstanding achievement. In 2011, he received the Young Artist Award of Singapore.
Joshua has come to the attention of the leading conductors of today and has studied with James DePreist, Charles Dutoit, David Zinman and Kurt Masur. Other conductors he has worked with include Michael Tilson Thomas, Ingo Metzmacher and George Manahan.
Orchestras he has conducted include the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Mariinsky Theater Orchestra, Beethoven Bonn Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, and National Center for Performing Arts Orchestra, Urals Philharmonic Orchestra, Okayama Symphony Orchestra, Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra, Russiche Kammer philharmonie, Macau Symphony Orchestra, National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra. Taipei Symphony Orchestra, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Obihiro Symphony Orchestra, Juilliard Orchestra, Toho Orchestra, AACA Orchestra, Kaoshiung City Symphony Orchestra, Evergreen Symphony Orchestra, St Petersburg State Symphony amongst others. Equally at home with both symphonic and operatic repertoire, he has conducted and served as cover conductor for La traviata, L’elisird’amore, Tosca, Rigoletto,Il Barbiere di Siviglia, La Cenerentola,DerFliegendeHolländer, Lohengrin, Un Ballo in Maschera amongst others and with the Singapore Lyric Opera Carmen, Don Giovanni and ManonLescaut. He was also cover conductor for Christoph Eschenbach and Lorin Maazel.
After a successful stint as Resident Conductor of the National Center of Performing Arts Orchestra from 2009 to 2012 with numerous televised concerts, Joshua has been appointed Associate Conductor of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra and Assistant Director of the Guiyang Symphony Orchestra from the 2013 season. Joshua is a graduate of The Juilliard School and the Eastman School of Music (High Distinction).