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Yu-Chien ‘Benny’ Tseng, 20, of Taiwan wins the Singapore International Violin Competition

Laurie Niles

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Published: January 22, 2015 at 4:03 AM [UTC]

Congratulations to Yu-Chien ‘Benny’ Tseng, 20, of Taiwan, who has won first prize in the first Singapore International Violin Competition, held Jan. 10-21. He will receive $50,000 in prize money, as well as a recording with Naxos, the three-year loan of a fine instrument from the Mr. & Mrs. Rin Kei Mei collection, and other performance opportunities.

Yu-Chien Benny Tseng



  • Goh Soon Tioe Violin & Piano Recital: Richard Lin
  • Best Performer of Commissioned Work: Sirena Huang
  • Best Performer of Bach: Lim Hyun Jae
  • Best Performer of Paganini: Sirena Huang
  • Master Bow by Pierre Guillaume Best Singaporean Performer: Loh Jun Hong

For more information on the prizes, click here.

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Here is Benny’ Tseng's performance in the Singapore Semi-Finals, from Jan. 15. (Skip to 7:00 for the beginning of the performance)

Beethoven: Sonata No. 8 in G major, Op. 30/3 (begins at 7:00)
E. Koh: kilo (begins at 26:30)
Brahms: Sonata No. 2 in A major, Op. 100 (begins at 35:30)
Sarasate: Carmen Fantasy (begins at 59:10)

For more videos of performances, click here for the Singapore International Violin Competition's Youtube page.

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From Kristee Fatima Pejante
Posted on January 22, 2015 at 3:21 PM
I've always been a fan of violin and decided to study but due to financial problems, I wasn't able to continue what I love most so I just try to stay updated. Here in the Philippines classical music seems to be deteriorating and violin is said to be for rich kids only. I never even heard that a violin competition is being held here. It's quite disappointing, for a fan who wishes to see violin concerts within her country. I even wish to play on an orchestra but I'm not even a single step near my wish. Youtube is the only thing that keeps me loving violin.
From Joyce Lin
Posted on January 23, 2015 at 3:59 PM
Congratulations, Yu-Chien!!! Not bad for someone who was once thought to be tone-deaf. ;)

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