The Music Conductor - Adrian Tan

This is a monthly post on 'Inspiring Individual'. Every 2nd week of the month I will post on individual who has crossed our path & how we were inspired by him/her.

We have known Adrian for about 4 years.  He has been instrumental in leading AJ to where he is today.  Or I should say, he was the leading person, the start of the turning point, in the change of AJ's piano learning path.  He led us in the right direction & things just evolved from there. Indeed, we are thankful that we have met him.

Adrian & AJ

Adrian graduated from National University of Singapore with an honours degree in Theatre Studies & proceeded to sign on with Singapore Navy when he graduated.  He stayed there for 10 years before receiving a National Arts Council scholarship to pursue his Masters in Music at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 2009.

He inspires me as someone who has the courage to pursue one's passion even though he could have comfortably continued his career in the Navy. Making such an abrupt turn in one’s 30s isn't that easy a choice.  But he did that.

Since his return to Singapore in 2012, Adrian has been swamped with appointments.  He is now the Music Director of the Singapore Wind Symphony, the Braddell Heights Symphony Orchestra (Singapore) & the Saigon Philharmonic (Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam).  Yes, he is an up & rising young conductor in Singapore.

‘Being young is a double-edged sword; what we lack in experience & wisdom, we try to make up with commitment, energy & passion. 
I believe that when orchestra musicians feel that you’re sincere & love the music, they come with you – they almost can’t help themselves!’  
- Adrian Tan



  1. It's very inspiring to read about someone who has the courage to follow their dream and any age! Thanks for sharing this inspirational individual.

  2. I think it is lovely that you go out of your way to recognize those folks. It is good to see that you appreciate others so much. Truly inspiring.

  3. chasing a dream at 30 is a challenge and he has successfully managed it. thanks for sharing info about this inspirational person.

  4. That's brilliant. Life is so short, I think it's important to chase dreams so long as they are fairly realistic :)

  5. Interesting to see people with passion.


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