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 win at the XV International Tchaikovsky Violin Competition in 2015, he has made a series of major debuts with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic, Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra and Czech Philharmonic Orchestra.
Signed to Deutsche Grammophone in 2016, his first project, a recital disc “Reverie”, was recorded in Berlin in October 2016 and released in January 2017. His second album has been recorded with Maestro Mikhail Pletnev and the Russian National Orchestra, featuring Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto and other celebrated works by the composer, released in November 2018.
A student of eminent pedagogues Aaron Rosand and Ida Kavafian at the Curtis Institute of Music, Tseng previously won first prizes at the Singapore International Violin Competition, Sarasate Violin Competition in Pamplona, Spain and the Isang Yun Violin Competition in Korea.
After his German debut with the Saarbrucken Radio Orchestra, the critic 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!”
Yu-Chien has appeared as a soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Mariinsky theatre Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra of Belgium, Orquesta Sinfónica de Navarra, Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Taiwan Philharmonic, China Philharmonic Orchestra, Hong Kong Sinfonietta and many others. He has worked with Maestros such as Valery Gergiev, Jiří Bělohlávek, Esa- Pekka Salonen, Osmo Vänskä, Jacek Kaspszyk, and most recently Mikhail Pletnev who has invited him to perform in Tokyo in 2019.
At the Tchaikovsky Competition, his winning performances in the final round featured two of the most iconic concertos in the violin repertoire, Tchaikovsky and Sibelius, attracting the attention of Maestro Valery Gergiev, who invited him to perform at the maestro’s festival in Mikkeli, Finland, as well as the White Night Festival in St. Petersburg and the Far East Festival in Vladivostok. He also performed both the Tchaikovsky and Brahms concertos with Gergiev and the Munich Philharmonic on their tour to Taiwan in November 2015 and the Mozart Violin Concerto n.4 in D Major at the M360 Festival, in Munich. Tseng has frequently performed in recital in Europe, America and Asia.
The last season marked Yu-Chien performed on tour with the Russian National Orchestra and Maestro Pletnev and on a North America tour with the Taiwan Philharmonic Orchestra. After the Asia tour, he performed again with the Czech Philharmonic, in Prague, under the baton of Kahchun Wong.
The 18/19 season’s highlights will include Penderecki’s Violin Concerto n.1 under the baton of Maestro Lawrence Foster as part of his 85th birthday celebrations and his debut with the Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, as well as Shanghai Symphony Orchestra in conjunction with the NDR Elbphilharmonie principals, Tokyo Philharmonic with Mikhail Pletnev and the debut at the Festival Castro in Mexico.
Born in Taipei, Taiwan, Yu-Chien(Benny) pursued his studies in the Curtis Institute of Music from the age of 13. He plays the 1732 Giuseppe Guarneri del Gesu Ex “Castelbarco-Tarisio” on loan from the Chi-Mei Culture Foundation, Taiwan.