Darral Tse was born in Hong Kong and began playing the violin at the age of five. His early mentors include Prof. Zheng Shi-Sheng of Shanghai Music Conservatory, Huang Yi, and Prof. Li Yao-Ji of Central Music Conservatory Beijing. At only eight years old, Darral made his debut solo performance with the Pan Asia Symphony Orchestra. Two years later, he was granted the Licentiate in Violin Performance (L.T.C.L.) by Trinity College of London.
Darral was awarded a full scholarship to attend the Purcell School of Music in London, where he studied with Berent Korfker. He then graduated with First Class Honours from the Universität der Künste Berlin as a protégé of Latica Honda-Rosenberg . Darral then attended the Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía in Madrid to study with the legendary pedagogue: Zakhar Bron. Over the years, he also received chamber music coaching from Heime Müller, Vineta Sareika, and Gregor Sigl—members of the Artemis Quartet.
Darral has built an incredibly successful musical career, winning coveted titles at renowned competitions around the globe.
- the Absolute 1st Prize Winner of Padovo International Competition
- Absolute 1st prize winner of the Eastern String Music Festival
- 3rd Prize at the Andrea Postacchini Violin Competition
- Laureate of Excellence at the Alice Schönefeld Violin Competition
- Silver Prize at the National Chinese Violin Competition
- 1st Prize of Concerto category at the Guangdong Youth Violin Competition
- Best Chinese Composition Interpretation’ Prize at the Guangdong Youth Violin Competition
- 1st Prize across 4 consecutive years of solo categories at the HKSMSA Festival.
- 1st prize of Concerto Category at the HKSMSA
Darral took his talent onto the stages of many world-famous concert venues, including Berliner Philharmonie, Wigmore Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Auditiorio Nacional de Musica, Hong Kong City Hall, and the Hong Kong Cultural Centre. He performed the Prokofiev Sonata for Two Violins at Wigmore Hall, and later recorded this piece for BBC Radio 3. Darral also played Brahms Violin Concerto with Lipetsk Philharmonic in Russia, as well as Paganini Caprice for Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK), on which he was interviewed by Nancy Loo.
He has been invited to and participated in many world renowned music festivals and masterclasses, such as Verbier Music Festival, Summit Music Festival, Santander Music Festival and Hong Kong Arts Festival. These were opportunities to collaborate and perform with some of the greatest musicians of our time—Sir Simon Rattle, Valery Gergiev, Christoph Eischenbach, Leonidas Kavakos, Yuja Wang, Vadim Repin, Boris Kuschnir, Aaron Rosand, Victor Danchenko.
Darral junior students have achieved various success in winning local and national competitions while advanced students have been accepted by Royal College of Music and New England Music Conservatory. Furthermore, he sits on jury of local competition
Darral currently plays on an 1864 Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume violin, named ‘Le King’.
First Class Honours from the Universität der Künste Berlin
Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía in Madrid,
Student of world-famous Russian Violinist, Zakhar Bron