Cello Showcase - Benett Tsai in Recital
- Date: Sunday, 3 June 2018, 4pm
- Venue: Our Lady of Good Counsel (OLGC) Catholic Church, Forestville — 9 Currie Rd, Forestville, NSW
- Tickets: Adults: $25 | Children: $0 | Concession: $15-$20 — Tickets can be purchased by phone on (02) 9416 5234
It will be a family affair at Forestville’s OLGC Catholic Church on Sunday 3rd June at 4:00pm when the young talented Sydney cellist, Benett Tsai gives his debut performance for Wyvern Music Forestville with his father pianist Joshua Tsai.
The concert entitled Cello Showcase, presents well-known cello pieces performed by the 14-year old, including Pezzo Capriccioso by Tchaikovsky, Elgar’s Cello Concerto and Prokofiev’s Cello Sonata as well as Stuart Greenbaum's The Lake and Hinterland.
Benett Tsai, 14, has been learning the cello with his uncle Thomas Tsai since the age of 5, with Susan Blake since 2013 and Li Wei Qin since 2015. Other teachers of great influence include David Pereira and Laszlo Kiss. His appreciation for music has been nurtured by his pianist father Joshua Tsai, who is also his accompanist.
Since winning the Fine Music National Young Virtuoso Award in 2016, Benett had been invited to perform at the 2017 Musica Viva Huntington Estate Music Festival, debut with the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra under Dr Nicholas Milton which was positively reviewed by the Sydney Arts Guide and with the North Sydney Symphony Orchestra under Steven Hillinger.
Upcoming engagements include solo performances with the ACO Academy, three orchestras (KPO, Willoughby and Penrith) and a recital at the Shanghai Oriental Arts Centre. In 2017 Benett was named the Grand Prize Winner at the ENKOR International Music Competition (String Section) and the Overall Winner at the NSW Secondary Schools Concerto Competition. Other first prizes include the 2015 Australian Concerto & Vocal Competition (Young Performer) and Sydney Eisteddfod’s 2015 Alf & Pearl Pollard Award for Performance Excellence. He has been selected as a semi-finalist at the 2018 ABC Young Performers Awards.
Featured non-Australian music: Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, Elgar, Dvorak Cello
Featured Australian Works
||The Lake and the hinterland : for cello and piano (1999) by Stuart Greenbaum|
— performed by Joshua Tsai and Benett Tsai
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