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.