Wide awake giving impulses, articulating precisely, with springy phrasing, sure intonation and flexible in bowing, wonderfully variable in tone, always in exciting contact with the musicians of the Chamber Philharmonic Metamorphoses Berlin – this is how Benett Tsai from Australia, 19 years young, gave a memorable performance of Joseph Haydn’s Cello Concerto No. 2 in D major. The famous piece is notorious among cellists because it is like dancing on a tightrope without a net, there is nowhere to hide. Benett Tsai played electrifying, the concert came out with flawless freshness. For this, the young master received a special prize at the Grand Prix Emanuel Feuermann. In the finale, Tsai then performed Edward Elgar’s Cello Concerto, a piece of undisguised emotionality. This earned him third prize. We will be hearing a lot more from this young man from Australia.