Recognized for his adventurous programming and passion for musical excellence, Eric Tuan brings a wealth of experience in the choral arts to the rehearsal hall and concert stage. He is currently in his fifth season as Artistic Director of the acclaimed Piedmont East Bay Children’s Choir, where he oversees a rigorous choral training program serving 270 youth singers and leads its top ensembles in concerts and collaborations throughout the Bay Area, the United States, and abroad. As Artistic Director of Convivium, the chamber chorus he founded in 2012, he continues to present creative programs highlighting underrepresented compositional voices and themes of social justice. Tuan also serves as Director of Music and Organist at Christ Episcopal Church in Los Altos.
Tuan is also an active choral composer and is frequently commissioned by leading choral organizations, including Volti, Peninsula Women’s Chorus, Cantabile Youth Singers of Silicon Valley, Schola Cantorum, Musae, and Vox Aurea. His music has been performed at state, regional, and national conventions of the American Choral Directors Association and Chorus America; by choirs throughout the USA, Canada, Finland, Denmark, the UK, and Belgium; and through broadcasts on BBC Radio 3 and Estonian Public Broadcasting. Often addressing contemporary social topics, his choral works can be purchased through E.C. Schirmer and through his website.
His dedication to the creation and exploration of new music has led him to conduct and perform the world premieres of over thirty works, including a program of new choral works celebrating the 500th anniversary of King’s College Chapel, Cambridge. Tuan has sung professionally with Volti, Cappella SF, and the Philharmonia Baroque Chorale and received acclaim for his sensitive work as a collaborative pianist, continuo player, and répétiteur. Among his mentors and conducting teachers are Stephen M. Sano, Jameson Marvin, Craig Jessop, Robert Geary, Stephen Layton, Stephen Cleobury, and David Skinner.
Tuan received his B.A. in Music with Honors from Stanford University and a Master of Music in Choral Studies with Distinction from the University of Cambridge, which he obtained with the support of a Gates Cambridge Scholarship. He is a third-generation resident of California's San Francisco Bay Area of Chinese, Japanese, and Filipino descent.