Tan earned his doctoral degree from the world famous Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where he studied orchestral conducting with David Effron, Arthur Fagen and Murray Sidlin, and wind conducting with Stephen Pratt. He also participated in seminars by Leonard Slatkin, Cliff Colnot and William Jon Gray, and conducted the Indiana University Symphony Orchestra, Concert Orchestra, University Orchestra, Conductor’s Orchestra, and Summer Concert Band.
Prior to his doctoral studies, he studied orchestral conducting through masterclasses with Leif Segerstam and Alexander Polischuk in Russia, where he worked with the St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic, and with Johannes Schlaefli, where he worked with Academic Orchestra Zurich. He also worked with leading wind conductors such as Eugene Corporon, Jack Stamp, and Craig Kirchhoff.
Notable performances include conducting musicians from the Singapore Symphony Orchestra in a Singapore-Japan Composers Exchange Concert, Singapore National Youth Orchestra musicians at the “Ong Teng Cheong” concert, and concerts with artists such as the Boston Brass. He has conducted performances at Vienna’s Golden Hall of the Musikverein, New York’s Carnegie Hall, and Sydney Opera House.
Performances under Maestro Tan’s direction have been lauded by local and international critics. Singapore’s The Straits Times described his performance of Corigliano’s Symphony No. 3 as “masterfully helmed,” while the American press lauded his “artful conducting.” In addition to the Philharmonic Winds, Leonard Tan is also Principal Conductor of the Singapore National Youth Orchestra where he was praised by the press for his performance of “rare blazing intensity.”