Named one of Canada’s “hot classical musicians under 30” by CBC Music, 22-year-old Tristan Teo began playing the piano at age three. Since his orchestral debut with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra at age eleven, Tristan has performed with the Minnesota Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, and Gulf Coast Symphony, among others. As a performer with a passion for teaching, Tristan has strongly advocated for bringing music education from the studio to the concert hall, impressing audiences with the honesty and sincerity of his performances as well as his ease with speaking from the stage. He has given solo concerts in the United States, as well as in Canada, France, Germany, and Italy, in venues such as Salle Cortot in Paris, McCallum Theatre in Palm Desert, California, and Alice Tully Hall in New York. In the spring of 2017, Tristan gave a solo recital for the Young Pianists Series in Knoxville, Tennessee and held a master class at the University of Tennessee. In November of the same year, Tristan played in a Three Generations Concert alongside his former teacher Sasha Starcevich and Ilana Vered in Vilnius, Lithuania. Tristan has been a featured artist on radio stations such as CBC Radio Canada and WQXR New York where he performed Rachmaninoff and Liszt to a sold-out audience at The Greene Space.
Tristan is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) degree in the C.V. Starr Doctoral Fellows Program at The Juilliard School with Yoheved Kaplinsky, and with Steven Laitz as dissertation advisor. Tristan holds both a Bachelor of Music and Master of Music from Juilliard, where he graduated from its selective accelerated dual-degree program studying with Jerome Lowenthal. From 2015 to 2018, Tristan was a proud recipient of a Kovner Fellowship. He also won the 2015 Gina Bachauer Piano Competition at Juilliard and has been a prizewinner at many international piano competitions. Most recently, he was a quarterfinalist at the 2017 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.
Since 2016, Tristan has held teaching fellowships at Juilliard in music theory as well as keyboard sight-reading and secondary piano. In September 2019, Tristan was appointed adjunct faculty to the music theory department, the youngest ever to be awarded such a position. In 2018 and 2019, he was invited to be an artist in residence at pianoSonoma, a summer music festival where he coached pianists and other instrumentalists in guided rehearsals as well as performed with them in master classes and community concerts. Tristan also has a keen interest in composing and conducting. In addition to studying conducting with maestro Jeffrey Milarsky, Tristan has written works under the guidance of renowned composer Philip Lasser, including pieces for violin-piano duo, chamber orchestra, and percussion ensemble, all of which have been performed in concerts at Juilliard. In his spare time, Tristan enjoys cooking, playing video games, and watching movies.