Sep. 24 – Opening Night: Brahms & Beethoven


RiverView Theater
Michael Butterman, conductor

BRAHMS    Symphony No. 3  
BEETHOVEN  Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 61  listen_button
  Yu-Chien (Benny) Tseng, violin

Rising star violin sensation Benny Tseng, who was recently awarded top prizes at the 2015 Tchaikovsky and Singapore International Violin competitions, will captivate you with Beethoven’s Violin Concerto.

An emerging young soloist of enormous promise praised for his “grace, poise, and blistering virtuosity.”



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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.” A student of Aaron Rosand and Ida Kavafian at the Curtis Institute of Music, Tseng is the first prizewinner at the Singapore International Violin Competitions and the Sarasate Violin Competition in Pamplona, Spain. In July 2015, he was awarded the second prize at the XV International Tchaikovsky Competition.

Yu-Chien Tseng is already developing a promising career as a soloist, having played with such orchestras as 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.

In 2015 Tseng performed Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5 at the XV International Tchaikovsky Competition’s gala concert in Moscow with the Mariinsky Orchestra under Valery Gergiev. At the gala concert in St. Petersburg he performed Tchaikovsky’s violin concerto. He also performed under Gergiev at the Gergiev Festival in Mikkeli, Finland, and performed both the Tchaikovsky and Brahms concertos with Valery Gergiev and the Munich Philharmonic on their tour of Taiwan in November 2015.

Yu-Chien Tseng has given recitals in Taiwan, Spain, Belgium, China and the United States. His debut recording (2012) is an album of French violin sonatas (Franck, Ravel and Debussy) on the Fuga Libera Label. He plays the Giuseppe Guarneri del Gesu 1732 Ex “Castelbarco-Tarisio,” on loan from the Chi-Mei Culture Foundation, Taiwan.