Tau Wey - biography, academic qualifications, and teaching posts

Tau Wey's exciting pianism is combined with a penchant for unusual yet captivating music. Believing that music needs to reach out to everyone and reflect the styles, fashions and concerns of our times, Tau has embraced a concert repertoire that includes and goes beyond the standard classical composers. Folk music, musicals, pop/rock music and music hall songs feature in his programmes, many of them in his own transcriptions.


His prizes include First Prizes in the Beethoven Piano Society of Europe Competition 2003, Jaques Samuel Pianos Trinity prize 2003, and Trinity College Joseph Weingarten piano competition 2005; Second Prize in the Norah Sande competition 2006 and 2007; and a prize in the Tunbridge Wells International Young Artist competition 2004.


His festival appearances have included the BBC Proms Festival at the Royal Albert Hall and Radio 3, Aldeburgh Festival of Music and Arts, and Cambridge Music Festival. He gave his London debut solo recital at Blackheath Halls in 2006, and his overseas debut at the Music Forum in Taipei, Taiwan in 2007.


He has performed concertos with the Lambeth Orchestra, Bromley Youth Symphony Orchestra, Cambridge University Symphony Orchestra, Cambridge University Musical Society Orchestra and the Evergreen Symphony Orchestra, Taiwan.


As a teacher Tau loves challenging his pupils to perform daring pieces of contemporary music. At Sevenoaks School he curates the annual Piano Showcase concert, which has included challenging works by modern composers Stephen Montague, Terry Riley and John Cage.


Tau was born in Taiwan, and studied at the University of Cambridge, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance (formerly Trinity College of Music), and Mannes College of Music, New York. His teachers have included Yonty Solomon, Douglas Finch, and Jacob Lateiner. He is Head of Keyboard at Sevenoaks School, as well as teaching at Eltham College. Tau is a tutor at the Kent International Piano Course, and has given guest lectures at Trinity Laban.

Academic qualifications

MA (University of Cambridge)

Advanced Postgraduate Diploma in Piano Performance (Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance)

LTCL in Piano Performance (Licentiate of Trinity College, London)

Teaching posts

Sevenoaks School: Head of Keyboard

Eltham College: Visiting piano teacher

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