Kelly Tang’s compositions have been performed by renowned ensembles such as the Russian National Orchestra, Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra (Japan), Ensemble Contemporain of Montreal, Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines (UK) and “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band. In Singapore, Tang’s works are performed regularly by the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Singapore Chinese Orchestra, Singapore National Youth Orchestra and the T’ang Quartet. His Jazz compositions have been performed by pianist Jeremy Monteiro with Grammy® recipients Ernie Watts (saxophone) and Randy Brecker (trumpet).
Tang’s music been presented worldwide at Berlin Konzerthaus, Musikverein Golden Hall (Vienna), Sydney Opera House, Suntory Hall (Tokyo), Palais de l’Élysée (Presidential Palace, Paris), Shanghai Concert Hall, Hanoi Opera House, Museum of Musical Instruments (Brussels), The Rodahal (Netherlands), Auditorium di Milano (Italy), St. Paul’s Cathedral (London) and Carnegie Hall (New York). His works for young musicians are performed by all school wind bands and choirs in Singapore. For Singapore’s 50th anniversary celebrations in 2015, Tang’s Concerto in Three Movements was commissioned for a premiere by superstar pianist Lang Lang and the Metropolitan Festival Orchestral at the National Stadium.
Tang received his master’s degree in Composition at Northwestern University in 1991 and was awarded his PhD in Music at Michigan State University in 1995. In 2008, he received the COMPASS Artistic Excellence Award from the Composers’ and Authors’ Society of Singapore. For his contributions in the arts, Tang was conferred the Cultural Medallion in 2011 by the President of Singapore.
How We Helped
Kelly Tang, a Singaporean composer known for wind band, chamber, and orchestral works, is the first composer selected for The Foundation’s Inaugural Music Commissioning Series.
“I’m honoured to be selected as the first composer for this Commissioning Series that is the first of its kind to showcase the best of Singapore composers, and promises to bring them onto the global stage, where their work will be performed to a global audience. This is a large-scale effort to promote Singapore work and art in a field that promises to realise the full potential of the creative talent that we possess.”
– Kelly Tang, Composer and Cultural Medallion Recipient
Highlights & Videos
The Foundation Launches “The Series”, A 10-year project To Build A Canon for Singapore Music by Bandwagon
Singaporean arts charity, Foundation for The Arts and Social Enterprise, has launched a 10-year commissioning series that spans works across various genres of music. Entitled “The Series”, it kick-starts the first of ten inaugural commissions, beginning with Singaporean composer and Cultural Medallion recipient Kelly Tang.
THE Foundation For The Arts & Social Enterprise is carrying out an ambitious commissioning series for the creation, performance, recording and promotion of 10 full-length Singapore music pieces, which it hopes to export to the rest of the world.
The Foundation Launches Inaugural 10-year Music Commissioning Series to support Singapore Composers and Contribute To Canon of Singapore Contemporary Music
Media Release: Local arts charity Foundation for The Arts and Social Enterprise has launched a 10-year commissioning series for works across various genres of music, with Cultural Medallion winner Dr Kelly Tang as the first composer in this inaugural series.