Tristan Teo, twenty one, was born and raised in Vancouver, Canada where he started piano lessons at age six. He is a graduate of The Juilliard School’s highly selective Accelerated B.M./M.M. Program, obtaining his Bachelor and Master degrees in 2017 and 2018 respectively. Major teachers include Jerome Lowenthal and Sasha Starcevich. In September 2018, Tristan will commence studies for the Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) degree in the C.V. Starr Doctoral Fellows Program at Juilliard with Yoheved Kaplinsky.
Tristan is a Teaching Fellow at The Juilliard School, teaching piano to undergraduate and graduate instrumental music students at Juilliard. In 2016, Tristan was selected to be a Performing Artist in a suite of online piano courses for aspiring pianists as part of Juilliard Open Studios, an innovative educational app from Juilliard Digital. Besides a love for teaching, Tristan has a keen interest in composing. Under the guidance of renowned composer Philip Lasser, Tristan has composed works for solo piano and small ensemble including “Tango del fuego”, a duo for violin and piano, “Overture to a Fallen Soldier”, for piano and chamber orchestra, and “Danse macabre”, for piano and percussion ensemble, all of which have been premiered in the Double Vision concert series at Juilliard.
Tristan Teo is a proud recipient of a Kovner Fellowship at The Juilliard School. He won the 2015 Gina Bachauer Piano Competition at Juilliard and was awarded Second Prize at the 2016 Hilton Head International Piano Competition, as well as top prizes in numerous international piano competitions. Most recently, he was a quarterfinalist at the 2017 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.
Since his orchestral debut with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra at age eleven, Tristan has performed with several symphony orchestras including the Minnesota Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, and Gulf Coast Symphony, among others. He has given solo concerts in the United States, as well as in Canada, France, Germany, Italy, and Lithuania in venues such as Salle Cortot in Paris and the McCallum Theatre in Palm Desert, California. In 2017, Tristan performed a solo recital for the Young Pianists Series in Knoxville, Tennessee, where he gave a master class at the University of Tennessee. Tristan has been a featured artist on radio stations such as WQXR New York and CBC Radio Canada.