Benett Tsai, 13, has been learning the cello since the age of 5 with his uncle Thomas Tsai. Currently he is also learning with Li-Wei Qin and Susan Blake. He had been mentored by David Pereira. Benett’s appreciation of music has been nurtured by his pianist father Joshua Tsai.
Benett has won a number of competitions in Australia. He became the youngest performer to win the prestigious 2016 Young Virtuoso Award both at state and national level, which is open to all instrumentalists and vocalists under the age of 25, by the Music Broadcasting Society (MBS) Networks. In 2015, Benett won the Australian Concerto & Vocal Competition under the Young Performer Category. Other notable prizes include the Sydney Eisteddfod’s 2015 Alf & Pearl Pollard Award and the New South Wales Secondary School Concerto Competition’s Junior Section.
In 2015 Benett appeared as a guest artist at the “David Pereira Presents” concert series recital in Canberra. Future engagements include solo performances with the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra under Dr Nicholas Milton and the North Sydney Symphony Orchestra in 2017.
Benett is studying at the Sydney Grammar School on a full music scholarship. Aside from music Benett also enjoys history, tennis and golf.
Hungarian Rhapsody by David Popper (7;21 minutes)