Taiwanese violin virtuoso, VC Artist Yu-Chien Benny Tseng has this week announced he will take a 6 month sabbatical from performing - in order to complete his compulsory Taiwanese military service.
A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Aaron Rosand and Ida Kavafian, Benny is a former top prize winner at the Sarasate, Isang Yun and Tchaikovsky International Violin Competitions.
Taiwan has since 1951 had compulsory military service for all male citizens aged between 18 and 36 years old.
VC ARTIST YU-CHIEN BENNY TSENG | TCHAIKOVSKY VIOLIN CONCERTO | 3RD MVT | VALERY GERGIEV & MARIINSKY ORCHESTRA | 2015 TCHAIKOVSKY INTERNATIONAL VIOLIN COMPETITION | TOP PRIZE
"I will be officially starting to serve from tomorrow until the end of April ... do not worry I can still practice ..." Benny has today said via social media.
"There are a lot of exciting projects coming up in 2020 and I cannot wait to share with you in the coming months ... cheers and thank you for all your warm support," the 25-year-old virtuoso has said.