Samuel Tan started playing the violin aged 3. His present teacher is Min Lee at the Wolfgang Violin Studio, Singapore. He has won top prizes in competitions including Outstanding Performer Award at the National Violin Competition in Singapore at 8, 1st Prize and the Grand Postacchini Prize at the Andrea Postacchini Competition in Italy at 9 among others. Samuel has performed for Singapore’s President Tony Tan, as well as for Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, and at Carnegie Hall in New York in 2014. Classic FM has included Samuel in their list of “10 videos of astonishing child prodigies”.
“I feel honoured to be selected to participate in the Menuhin competition 2016. It is a very prestigious competition and I am excited to be able to meet some of the best young violinists around the world. This will be my first trip to London and I hope to learn more about the place and the culture there. I am looking forward to making new friends who love classical music like me and to learn from the renowned violinists there.” (Samuel Tan)