Margaret Leng Tan – Stepping Out of the Ivory Tower

Margaret Leng Tan was the first woman to graduate with a doctorate degree from Juilliard, where she studied piano performance. She went on to be a successful pianist with a classical background.

After meeting composer John Cage, her life was forever transformed. Cage introduced her to the idea that the artist should not be separate from the audience, but instead use art to give back to or help enrich the world around them.

After the influence of John Cage, Margaret transferred her impressive skills as a pianist to the toy piano, a less refined tool that requires much more skill to play well. After years of honing her skill, she has succeeded in turning this child's play thing into an actual professional instrument.


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