Ferdy Talan approaches music education from a holistic perspective. He believes that in order to achieve excellence one must strive for growth in all aspects of life, from day-to-day habits to broader thought patterns. For him, the piano is an extension of the player’s personality; to produce the best possible sound one has to explore not only the mechanics of the piano, but also the mechanics of oneself.
Talan came to New York in 2003 to attend the Manhattan School of Music after winning the Jakarta Piano Competition in his teens. Three semesters later, he chose to pursue a less conventional approach to his musical development and began working as music director for the New York Theatre Ballet, while simultaneously collaborating with playwrights and composers to develop new scores for musical theater workshops. Since 2013, he has been studying piano performance with Zitta Zohar, whose teaching philosophy has been the primary inspiration for his own. Talan has performed as a soloist and chamber musician on two continents, appearing at venues such as Carnegie Hall and David Geffen Hall in New York.