About the Author

Award winning cellist, William Tan, is a 17 year old from Chicago, Illinois. William has earned top prizes in numerous national/international competitions. He recently received Third Prize at the 2021 Klein International String Competition and was also awarded the Weiss Prize for Best Performance of the Commisioned Work by composer Sakari Dixon Vanderveer. In 2020 William won the Music Teachers National Assocation (MTNA) National String Competition and Gold Prize at the 7th Camerata Artist International Competition. Other notable First Prizes include the Arthur Montzka Young Artists Concerto Competition, Walgreens National Concerto Competition, DePaul Concerto Festival for Young Performers, and Grand Prize in the Enkor International Music Competition.

William made his solo debut at the Suzuki Association of the Americas National Conference in Minneapolis at age 7. He has had numerous solo performances with the Camerata Orchestra of New Jersey, Oistrakh Symphony of Chicago, Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra, and Lakeview Orchestra.

William has been a featured guest on “From the Top”, a National Public Radio distributed program which showcases the nation’s best young classical musicians.

During summers he has attended various music programs including the Meadowmount School of Music, Music@Menlo, Orford Music Academy, and the Amit Peled Cello Academy.

In addition to being a cellist, William is a writer, varsity policy debater, and an editor for his school's newspaper, the U-High Midway.