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 received Third Prize at the 2021 Klein International String Competition, including the Weiss Prize for Best Performance of the Commissioned Work by composer Sakari Dixon Vanderveer. Other solo wins include Gold Prize at the 2021 Camerata Artists International Competition and First Place at the 2020 Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) National String Competition. Most recently, William was a finalist in the Johansen 2022 International Competition and received the Judges Commendation Prize. 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. More recently, he has been a soloist with numerous orchestras including performances of the Dvorak Cello Concerto in B Minor with the Camerata Orchestra of New Jersey and Lakeview Orchestra of Chicago, Elgar’s Cello Concerto in E Minor with the Oistrakh Symphony of Chicago and Kishwaukee Symphony, and Shostakovic Cello Concerto No.1 with the DuPage Symphony Orchestra.

In addition to his solo work, William is an avid ensemble and orchestral musician. In the summer of 2022, as a member of the National Youth Orchestra, he toured Europe performing in multiple iconic venues in the Netherlands, Germany, Italy, and Switzerland. As a founding member of the Aster Trio, he and his trio members have earned numerous accolades including Grand Prizes at the 2022 Rembrandt Chamber Music Competition and the 2022 Chicago National Chamber Music Competition. The Aster Trio also received semifinalist honors at the 2022 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition.

William has also 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 Yellow Barn Young Artists Program, Music@Menlo's Young Performers Program, the Meadowmount School of Music, Orford Music Academy and the Amit Peled Cello Academy.

In addition to being a cellist, William is a writer, varsity policy debater, and editor-in-chief of his school newspaper, the U-High Midway.