Yu-Chien (Benny) Tseng is rapidly building an international reputation as one of today's most exciting and gifted young concert soloists 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 debut with the London Philharmonic, Munich
Philharmonic, Mariinsky theatre Orchestra and Czech Philharmonic. Signed to
Deutsche Grammophone in 2016, the second album was recorded with Maestro
Mikhail Pletnev and the Russian National Orchestra, featuring Tchaikovsky violin
concerto and other celebrated works by the composer. 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 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
Philharmonia Orchestra, Mariinsky theatre Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic, Russian
National Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra of Belgium,
Orquesta Sinfónica de Navarra, Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia
Varsovia, Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic, Shanghai Symphony
Orchestra, Taiwan Philharmonic, China Philharmonic Orchestra, Hong Kong
Sinfonietta and among many others. He has worked with Maestros such as Valery
Gergiev, Jiří Bělohlávek, Mikhail Pletnev, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Osmo Vänskä, Jacek
Kaspszyk and Lan Shui.
Highlights of recent seasons includes, debut with the Tonkunstler Orchestra in
Vienna with maestro Vincenzo Milletari, Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
under maestro Tamás Vásáry, Czech Philharmonic with maestro Kahchun Wong,
Tokyo Philharmonic with maestro Mikhail Pletnev and performed Penderecki
concerto no.1 in Warsaw Philharmonic hall celebrating the 85th birthday of the
composer, and his debut as a guest artist to Schloss Elmau during the Verbier
Festival residency. Despite the pandemic, he has made 31 sold-out concerts in
Taiwan during the past two years.
Born in Taipei, Taiwan, Yu-Chien pursued his studies in the renowned Curtis Institute
of Music from the age of 13. He plays on the “ex Jules Massenet” 1735 Nicolo
Gagliano on generous loan from a private collector.