“TO DIE FOR. He had the kind of liquid tone that carries with it EMOTIONAL DEPTH OF GREAT INTIMACY“


Ray Chen's new album featuring works by Mozart is released internationally on January 10, 2014 !

“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


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 three 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. His third recording, an all-Mozart album with Christoph Eschenbach and the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra, was released in January 2014.

"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. On Bastille Day in 2015, he joined Daniele Gatti and the Orchestre National de France for a televised concert on the Champs-de-Mars in Paris in front of an audience of over 800,000.

Ray recently completed a five-city tour of China with the Gothenburg Symphony and Kent Nagano as well as a European tour with the London Philharmonic and Christoph Eschenbach.   Other highlights of the past season include his debuts with the Rotterdam Philharmonic, a recital at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw and a second engagement with Gatti and the Orchestre National de France.

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.

Followed by over 1 million 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.   In particular his series of quirky, self- made online videos has proven an effective tool in broadening the reach of classical music through humor and education.

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 1715 “Joachim” Stradivarius violin on loan from the Nippon Music Foundation.  

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


November 21, 23 & 24, 2015

Rome, Italy
Lalo Symphonie Espagnole
w/ Orchestra Santa Cecila
Vasily Petrenko, conductor

December 6, 2015

Purchase, NY
Purchase College Foundation / The Performing Arts Center

December 13, 2015

Moscow, Russia
Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto
w/ National Philharmonic of Russia
Vladimir Spivakov, conductor

December 16-19, 2015

Valladolid, Spain
Paganini Violin Concerto No. 1
w/ Castilla y León Orchestra
Joana Carneiro, conductor

January 16, 2016

Florence, Italy
Amici della Musica

January 21 & 22, 2016

Torino, Italy
Prokofiev Violin Concerto No. 2
w/ RAI National Symphony Orchestra
Joana Carneiro, conductor

February 4, 2016

Stockholm, Sweden
Shostakovitch Violin Concerto No. 1
w/ Royal Stockholm Philharmonic
Nikolaj Znaider, conductor

February 9, 2016

Columbia, Missouri
Missouri Theatre
w/ Julia Elizalde, piano

February 19, 2016

Raleigh, NC
Stuart Theater
w/ Julia Elizalde, piano

February 23, 2016

Charlottesville, VA
Tuesday Evening Concert Series
w/ Julia Elizalde, piano

February 25, 2016

Sanibel Island, FL
BIG Arts Center
w/ Julia Elizalde, piano

February 28, 2016

Baltimore, MD
Goucher College
w/ Julia Elizalde, piano

March 3, 4 & 5 2016

Washington DC
Kennedy Center
Bruch Scottish Fantasy
w/ National Symphony Orchestra
Christoph Eschenbach, conductor

March 10, 11 & 12, 2016

Melbourne, Australia
Shostakovitch Violin Concerto No. 1
w/ Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Andrew Davis, conductor

March 19-27, 2016

Israel Tour
concertos and recitals
w/ Israel Philharmonic

April 4, 2016

Paris, France
Salle Gaveau
recital with works by Saint-Saens, Ysaye, De Falla and Monti
Julien Quentin, piano

April 7, 2016

London, United Kingdom
Opening Gala of the Menuhin Competition 2016
Southbank Center
Brahms Violin Concerto
w/ Philharmonia Orchestra
Kazuki Yamada, conductor
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April 22, 23 & 24, 2016

Madrid, Spain
Auditorio Nacional de Música
Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto
w/ Orquesta Nacional de España
James Conlon, conductor
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“Colors dance, moods swing, and Chen’s artistry blazes.”


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“Ray Chen can do pretty much anything he wants on the violin.“

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