Taiwan's Tseng Yu-Chien triumphs at the Singapore International Violin Competition 2015

Taiwan's Tseng Yu-Chien triumphs at the Singapore International Violin Competition 2015
Taiwanese violinist Tseng Yu-Chien at the finals of The Singapore International Violin Competition 2015.

SINGAPORE - Tseng Yu-Chien from Taiwan has clinched first place at the Inaugural Singapore International Violin Competition with his rendition of Siberlius Violin Concerto in D minor.

He beats out 148 other entrants from 27 countries after two weeks of intense competition.

As the winner, Tseng takes home the pot of US$50,000 (S$66,700).

He will also have a recording produced and distributed globally by music label Naxos, as well as various international performance opportunities.

In addition, he has been granted a three-year instrument loan from the Rin Collection, which includes notable names such as Stradivari, Guarneri and Amati.

Said the 20-year-old on his victory: "I was really thrilled to perform with all my friends who are amazing players.

"It was an unforgettable experience. A dream come true!"

Second place went to his friend of 14 years, Richard Lin, who won US$25,000, while third place went to American Sirena Huang, who won US$6,000.

jasonsoh@sph.com.sg

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