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.”
Following his recent German debut with the Saarbrücken Radio Orchestra, critics warmly praised his performance of the Beethoven Violin Concerto: “Classically balanced without showing off; Sensitive, discreet nuances; Highly cultured sound; graceful and playful, relaxed elegance without attitude – Exemplary!”
In July 2015, he received the great honour of winning the top prize for violin at the 15th International Tchaikovsky Violin Competition. A student of the eminent instructors 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.
Yu-Chien Tseng is already developing a promising career as a soloist, having played with such orchestras as the London Philharmonic, Munich Philharmonic and Czech Philharmonic Orchestras, the Philadelphia Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra of Belgium, Taipei Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan, Orquesta Sinfónica de Navarra and the Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie. He also gives recitals in Asia, America and Europe.
His debut recording (2012) is an album of French violin sonatas (Franck, Ravel and Debussy) on the Fuga Libera Label. Deutsche Grammophon signed him to a new contract in the summer of 2016. His first project, a recital disc, was released in January 2017. An orchestral recording will follow in 2017.
He plays the Giuseppe Guarneri del Gesù 1732 Ex “Castelbarco-Tarisio”, on loan from the Chi-Mei Culture Foundation, Taiwan.