Sibelius Violin Concerto with Interlochen Concerto Competition Winner, Ian Jiang Johnson
"...A taut surface spread over richer depths. A short Sonoro movement, a duet for piano ( Barry Tan )and percussion ( Jack Rutledge ), was stirring..."
"Mathilde Handelsman and Barry Tan delivered a mesmerizing rendition of Judith Weir’s ‘Ardnamurchan Point..."
"Handelsman and TMC pianist Barry Tan performed Scottish composer Judith Weir’s rhapsodic 1990 “Ardnamurchan Point” with color and flair..."
Rixiang Huang and Barry Tan, DMA candidates in the Keyboard Studies program, each recently took home top honors at international piano competitions...
...Barry Tan received the bronze prize and the prize for Best Overall Performance of a Canadian Work at the 2021 Vancouver International Music Competition for his performance of Jean Coulthard’s Piano Sonata No. 2.
"Rae Gallimore and Barry Tan played the first movement, marked impetuoso, with a passion that swept all before it. There were lyrical episodes, the second subject in particular being conveyed with charm and elegance, but the overall impression was rhapsodic and, indeed, impetuous...
...Tan gave a most impressive performance, from the somewhat sombre opening statement of the theme, to the final variation in which there seems to be some light at the end of the tunnel. Along the way the performance had moments of considerable poetry and beauty..."
For at least one listener, the performance of the Concerto in G by Barry Tan was the highlight of Friday's concert; if nothing else, it was surely the greatest music of the evening.
Tan proved to be a steely-fingered soloist who was nevertheless capable of producing some exquisite tone colouring. The languid solo which opens the slow movement was beautifully judged and his playing in the outer movements had all the sparkling energy one could desire...
...For an encore, Tan played (unless I am much mistaken) Earl Wild's Etude No.4 on Gershwin's "Embraceable You", a fluid, virtuosic and quite delectable performance.