“Sibelius dreamed of a career as a violin virtuoso. Ray Chen is fulfilling this dream with a brilliant debut in the Golden Hall [of Musikverein]. Rock-solid technique and lush sound.” KURIER

BIOGRAPHY

Winner of the Queen Elisabeth (2009) and Yehudi Menuhin Competitions (2008), Ray Chen is among the most compelling young violinists today.   “Ray has proven himself to be a very pure musician with great qualities such as a beautiful youthful tone, vitality and lightness.   He has all the skills of a truly musical interpreter,” said the great Maxim Vengerov.
Ray has released two critically acclaimed albums on Sony: a recital program “Virtuoso” of works by Bach, Tartini, Franck, and Wieniawski, and the Mendelssohn and Tchaikovsky concertos with Swedish Radio Orchestra and Daniel Harding.   Following the success of these recordings, Ray was profiled by The Strad and Gramophone magazines as “the one to watch”.   “Virtuoso” was distinguished with the prestigious ECHO Klassik award.   He is currently working on his third, all-Mozart album with Christoph Eschenbach and the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra, slated for release later this year.

"It’s hard to say something new with these celebrated works; however, Ray Chen performs them with the kind of authority that puts him in the same category as Maxim Vengerov." (Corriere della Sera)

Ray continues to win the admiration of fans and fellow musicians worldwide.   In 2012, he became the youngest soloist ever to perform in the televised Nobel Prize Concert for the Nobel Laureates and the Swedish Royal Family.   His Carnegie Hall debut with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic and Sakari Oramo, as well as his sold-out Musikverein concert with the Gewandhaus Orchestra and Riccardo Chailly were met with standing ovations.   Since the 2012- 13 season, Ray has been invited to join Konzerthaus Dortmund's series “Junge Wilde,” which presents young and groundbreaking artists in Germany.   Later this season, Ray will make his San Francisco recital debut at the SF Jazz Center. He also looks forward to his upcoming recital tour of Australia and his debuts with the Orchestre National de France and the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
Followed by over 200,000 people on SoundCloud, Ray Chen looks to expand the classical music audience by increasing its appeal to the young generation via all available social media platforms.   He is the first ever classical musician to be invited to write a regular blog about his life as a touring soloist for the largest Italian publishing house, RCS Rizzoli (Corriere della Sera, Gazzetta dello Sport, Max).   In his unstinting efforts to break down barriers between classical music, fashion and pop culture, he is supported by Giorgio Armani and was recently featured in Vogue magazine.
Born in Taiwan and raised in Australia, Ray was accepted to the Curtis Institute of Music at age 15, where he studied with Aaron Rosand and was supported by Young Concert Artists.   He plays the 1702 "Lord Newlands" Stradivarius violin on loan from the Nippon Music Foundation.

"The tone he gets is almost human in its slight graininess and glow." THE WASHINGTON POST

CONCERTS


October 24, 2013

Lugano, Switzerland
Palazzo dei Congressi
Shostakovich Violin Concerto No. 1
w/ Orchestra Della Svizzera Italiana
Markus Poschner, conductor
Details and Tickets

October 27 & 28, 2013

Kiel, Germany
Kieler Schloss
Mozart Violin Concerto No. 4
w/ Philharmonisches Orchester Kiel
Jac van Steen, conductor
Details and Tickets

October 29, 2013

Trento, Italy
Sala Filarmonica
works by Mozart, Bach & Sarasate
w/ Julien Quentin, piano
Details and Tickets

November 7, 9, 14 & 15, 2013

Tel Aviv, Israel
Mozart Violin Concerto No. 3 on 7th & 9th; Bruch Violin Concerto on 14th,
recital on 15th
w/ Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
Andrea Battistoni, conductor
Details and Tickets

November 11 & 12, 2013

Haifa, Israel
Mozart Violin Concerto No. 3
w/ Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
Andrea Battistoni, conductor
Details and Tickets

November 17, 2013

Jerusalem, Israel
Bruch Violin Concerto
w/ Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
Andrea Battistoni, conductor
Details and Tickets

November 30, 2013

Brisbane, Australia
Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto
w/ Queensland Symphony Orchestra
Johannes Fritzsch, conductor

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“Colors dance, moods swing, and Chen’s artistry blazes.” THE TIMES

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“Ray has proven himself to be a very pure musician with great qualities such as a beautiful youthful tone, vitality and lightness. He has all the skills of a truly musical interpreter.” Maxim VENGEROV

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“From the first notes there was no doubt of being in the presence of something special.” THE STRAD