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


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Ray Chen's 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


Ray Chen is a violinist who redefines what it is to be a classical musician in the 21st Century. With a media presence that enhances and inspires the classical audience, reaching out to millions through his unprecedented online following, Ray Chen's remarkable musicianship transmits to a global audience that is reflected in his engagements with the foremost orchestras and concert halls around the world.

Initially coming to attention via the Yehudi Menuhin (2008) and Queen Elizabeth (2009) Competitions, of which he was First Prize winner, he has built a profile in Europe, Asia, and the USA as well as his native Australia both live and on disc. Signed in 2017 to Decca Classics, the summer of 2017 has seen the recording of the first album of this partnership with the London Philharmonic as a succession to his previous three critically acclaimed albums on SONY, the first of which (“Virtuoso”) received an ECHO Klassik Award. Profiled as “one to watch” by the Strad and Gramophone magazines, his profile has grown to encompass his featuring in the Forbes list of 30 most influential Asians under 30, appearing in major online TV series “Mozart in the Jungle”, a multi-year partnership with Giorgio Armani (who designed the cover of his Mozart album with Christoph Eschenbach) and performing at major media events such as France’s Bastille Day (live to 800,000 people), the Nobel Prize Concert in Stockholm (telecast across Europe), and the BBC Proms.

"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)

He has appeared with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, Leipzig Gewandhausorchester, Munich Philharmonic, Filarmonica della Scala, Orchestra Nazionale della Santa Cecilia, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and upcoming debuts include the SWR Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Berlin Radio Symphony, and Bavarian Radio Chamber Orchestra. He works with conductors such as Riccardo Chailly, Vladimir Jurowski, Sakari Oramo, Manfred Honeck, Daniele Gatti, Kirill Petrenko, Krystof Urbanski, Juraj Valcuha and many others. From 2012-2015 he was resident at the Dortmund Konzerthaus and in 17/18 will be an “Artist Focus” with the Berlin Radio Symphony.

His presence on social media makes Ray Chen a pioneer in an artist’s interaction with their audience, utilising the new opportunities of modern technology. His appearances and interactions with music and musicians are instantly disseminated to a new public in a contemporary and relatable way. He is the first musician to be invited to write a lifestyle blog for argest Italian publishing house, RCS Rizzoli (Corriere della Sera, Gazzetta dello Sport, Max). He has been featured in Vogue magazine and is currently releasing his own design of violin case for the industry manufacturer GEWA. His commitment to music education is paramount, and inspires the younger generation of music students with his series of self-produced videos combining comedy and music. Through his online promotions his appearances regularly sell out and draw an entirely new demographic to the concert hall.

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. This instrument was once owned by the famed Hungarian violinist, Joseph Joachim (1831-1907).

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


September 18 & 21, 2017

Buenos Aires, Argentina
Teatro Colón
works by Beethoven, Saint-Säens, Ysaye, de Falla and Monti
w/ Julio Elizalde, piano
Details and Tickets

September 29, 2017

Osaka, Japan
Symphony Hall
solo recital
J.S. Bach: 3 Sonatas and 3 Partitas for Solo Violin, BWV1001-1006

September 30, 2017

Tokyo, Japan
Suntory Hall
solo recital
J.S. Bach: 3 Sonatas and 3 Partitas for Solo Violin, BWV1001-1006
Details and Tickets

October 6, 2017

Wheaton, IL
Wheaton College
recital BIO

October 13 & 15, 2017

Pittsburgh, PA
Bruch Violin Concerto
w/ Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Krzysztof Urbański, conductor
Details and Tickets

October 19, 21 & 22, 2017

Atlanta, GA
Prokofiev Violin Concerto No. 2
w/ Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Ludovic Morlot, conductor
Details and Tickets

November 10, 11 & 13, 2017

Sydney, Australia
Shostakovitch Violin Concerto No. 1
w/ Sydney Symphony Orchestra
Vladimir Ashkenazy, conductor
Details and Tickets

November 28, 2017

Edmond, OK
Armstrong Auditorium
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December 3, 2017

Geneva, Switzerland
Mozart Violin Concerto
w/ Chamber Orchestra of Geneva
Gabor Takacs-Nagy, conductor

December 6-10, 2017

Taipei, Taiwan
National Concert Hall residency

December 14-17, 2017

Zürich, Switzerland
Bruch Violin Concerto
Tonhalle Orchester Zürich
Lionel Bringuier, conductor
Details and Tickets

December 18, 2017

Elmau, Germany
Schloss Elmau
works by Beethoven, Grieg and Stravinsky
w/ Alice Sara Ott, piano

December 20, 2017

Brussels, Belgium
works by Beethoven, Grieg and Stravinsky
w/ Alice Sara Ott, piano

December 31, 2017

Cologne, Germany
Paganini Violin Concerto No. 1
Gürzenich-Orchester Köln
Lukas Borowicz, conductor
Details and Tickets

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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.”