Award-winning pianist Azariah Tan is a Jehovah Witness

Award-winning pianist Azariah Tan is a Jehovah Witness

Award-winning pianist Azariah Tan, 22, will perform six piano pieces, including works by Bach, Chopin, and the world premiere of Zraz Za by Singapore-based composer Kawai Shiu, at the Singapore Conference Hall(7 Shenton Way) on Sept 1 at 7pm. 

Tickets are $18 from Sistic (call 6348-5555 or go to www.sistic.com.sg).

'I'm on holiday in Singapore now, on summer break from my doctoral studies at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, so the days of the week do not really matter much to me.

My schedule depends on the appointments I have or upcoming concerts I have to prepare for. I'm an only child and while I am back, I focus on spending time with my parents. On Friday nights, I have dinner at home. I help my mum cook, chopping garlic or frying vegetables, whatever she needs. She gives me instructions.

I like cooking but only when it is with other people and we share and learn from one another. I don't cook often in Michigan, where I live in an apartment with a few roommates. It seems like a waste of time and dishes to cook for myself. So unless I cook with friends, I just go to a Chinese restaurant nearby where I order something like beef broccoli or whatever I feel like eating that night.

Here, my parents and I will usually sit down to dinner at our five-room flat in Normanton Park at about 7pm, eat and then spend the next few hours catching up on the day's activities and reading aloud from the Bible.

We try to get through about five to seven chapters a week and we take turns reading each night after dinner. Then I may play the piano for my parents, usually pieces I am studying or preparing for a performance. They listen and give me feedback, let me know if I am conveying what I want to in the piece and if it sounds good.

Then I brush my teeth and head to bed by 11pm or midnight.

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