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Taiwanese violinist to perform at royal concert in Belgium

2012/07/19 14:08:51

Brussels, July 19 (CNA) A 17-year-old Taiwanese violinist is scheduled to perform as a soloist July 20 at a royal concert that is a prelude to the 181st anniversary of Belgium's independence.

Earlier this year, Tseng Yu-chien took fifth place and won the audience prize at the 75th Queen Elisabeth Competition, a highly prestigious international music competition.

He performed pieces such as Ravel's violin sonata, Sakai Kenji's violin concerto and Brahms'violin concerto in the final of the competition.

Tseng started playing the violin at the age of 5 and has begun to receive international recognition in recent years, including winning first prize at the Isang Yun Competition in 2011 and being the youngest first prize winner in the history of the Pablo Sarasate Competition in 2009.

Tseng told CNA that he has begun rehearsing Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No. 1 in D major with the National Orchestra of Belgium in preparation for the concert but feels he still has room for improvement.

He will be the first Taiwanese musician to perform in a Belgium National Day concert, said Michel-Etienne Van Neste, the Queen Elisabeth Competition secretary-general.

Belgium's King Albert II and several other members of the Belgian Royal family members will attend the concert.

(By Tsao Yu-fan and Liu Shih-chun)