Benett Tsai

Benett Tsai, 17, is a Sydney-born cellist who has been named as a “next generation Australian classical superstar” by Limelight Magazine.

Benett Tsai, 17, is a Sydney-born cellist who has been named as a “next generation Australian classical superstar” by Limelight Magazine. He made his solo orchestral debut at the age of 12 and has since been a soloist with orchestras such as the Canberra Symphony, Australian Chamber Orchestra Academy, Sydney Youth Orchestra and the Queensland Youth Symphony.

As their youngest artist ever invited, he appeared at the 2017 Musica Viva Huntington Music Festival where his performances were live streamed by ABC Classic. He and his pianist father, Joshua Tsai, collaborate regularly and have performed in recital at places such as Shanghai Oriental Arts Center and Sydney Recital Hall. Recently, he was also selected to the 2020/21 Verbier Festival Solo Academy. In 2016, Benett became the youngest winner of the Australian National Young Virtuoso Award. He has also received the Grand Prize at the 2017 ENKOR International Music Competition and First Prize at the 2020 Manhattan International Competition.

Benett is currently a first-year undergraduate at the Colburn School in Los Angeles where he learns from Clive Greensmith. He was introduced to the cello at the age of 5 by his uncle Thomas Tsai, who had also been his teacher.