Taiwanese violinist Yu-Chien (Benny) Tseng is rapidly building an international reputation as an emerging young soloist of enormous promise praised for his “grace, poise, and blistering virtuosity.”
In July 2015, he received the great honor of winning the top prize for violin at the XV International Tchaikovsky Violin Competition. A student of eminent pedagogues Aaron Rosand and Ida Kavafian at the Curtis Institute of Music, Tseng previously won first prize at both the Singapore International Violin Competition and the Sarasate Violin Competition in Pamplona, Spain.
At the Tchaikovsky Competition, his winning performances in the final round featured two of the violin repertoire’s most iconic concertos, by Tchaikovsky and Sibelius. Tseng performed Mozart’s “Turkish” Concerto at the Competition’s Moscow Gala concert with the Mariinsky Orchestra under Gergiev. He was also invited to perform under Gergiev at the maestro’s festival in Mikkeli, Finland and performed both the Tchaikovsky and Brahms concertos with Gergiev and the Munich Philharmonic on their tour
of Taiwan. In 2016 Yu-Chien performed the Beethoven’s Violin Concerto at the Menuhin Festival in Gstaad, in a special concert in memory of Sir Menuhin for his 100th birthday. Again guest of Maestro Gergiev, he performed at the “White Nights” Festival in St. Petersburg and at the First Far East Festival in Vladivostok.
Deutsche Grammophon signed him to a new contract in the summer of 2016. His first project “Reverie”, a recital disc, has been released in December 2016. An orchestral recording will follow in 2017.
Mr Tseng graduated from the Curtis Institute in spring 2016, but will continue advanced studies in the USA in the season ahead. In the season 2016/17 Mr Tseng made a series of major debut orchestral appearances, including with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Osmo Vänskä, Münchner Philharmoniker and Valery Gergiev, Philharmonia Orchestra and Esa-Pekka Salonen, and with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Jiri Belohlavek.
This season he appears with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, the Latvian National Orchestra, the Orquesta Sinfonica de Asuncion Paraguay, the Korea DITTO Festival, Kanazawa Festival (Japan), and many more.
He plays the Giuseppe Guarneri del Gesu 1732 Ex “Castelbarco-Tarisio,” on loan from the Chi-Mei Culture Foundation, Taiwan.