Upon returning to Singapore in 2005, he was fined for not having done National Service in Singapore, although he was studying in London during the time he was required to serve, had already started a busy concert career and he had already acquired British citizenship.
During his development as a pianist, Tan developed a passion for the fortepiano, which he has promoted throughout his career, and thereby changed other musicians' perceptions of this instrument. He has now returned mainly to the pianoforte and performs a wide ranging repertoire from Bach to Messiaen.
- Jessica Duchen. "Tan, Melvyn." Grove Music Online. Oxford Music Online. 1 Feb. 2010
- Jasper Conran Autumn/Winter 2007 Collection Video