“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


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 appeared with some of the leading orchestras around the world including the London Philharmonic, the National Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestre National de France where he joined Daniele Gatti for the televised Bastille Day concert in Paris to an audience of over 800,000. Other recent highlights include his 2016 debut at the BBC Proms where he appeared with the BBC Symphony at Royal Albert Hall in London.

"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)

In 2017, Ray signed to Decca Classics in a major new recording deal and multimedia partnership. Ray has previously 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.

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. Ray was a Junge Wilde artist at the Konzerthaus Dortmund between 2012 and 2015.

Followed by over 2 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. 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."


June 3 - 13, 2017

China Tour w/ Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra
David Afkham, conductor
Lalo Symphonie Espagnole & Brahms Violin Concerto

June 3: Seoul / Lalo
June 4: Seoul / Lalo
June 6: Shanghai / Lalo
June 7: Shanghai / Brahms
June 9: Beijing / Brahms
June 10: Beijing / Lalo

June 16, 2017

Oxfordshire, UK
Blenheim Palace
Max Richter: Vivaldi Recomposed
Aurora Orchestra
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June 22 & 23, 2017

Liverpool, UK
Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic
Vasily Petrenko, conductor
Details and Tickets

July 2, 2017

Evian, France
Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in E minor
Orchestre des Pays de Savoie
Nicolas Chalvin, conductor

July 11, 2017

Elmau, Bavaria
Schloss Elmau
w/ Julien Quentin, piano

July 14, 2017

Munich, Germany
Schloss Nymphenburg
works by Beethoven, Saint-Saens, Ysaye, De Falla and Monti
w/ Julien Quentin, piano

July 22, 2017

Brisbane, Australia
Paganini Violin Concerto No. 1
Queensland Symphony Orchestra
Simone Young, conductor

July 28, 2017

Chicago, USA
Ravinia Festival
Mendelssohn Violin concerto
Chicago Symphony
Christoph Eschenbach, conductor

August 2, 2017

Amsterdam, Netherlands
Mendelssohn Violin Concerto
Würth Philharmoniker
Dennis Russell Davies, conductor
Details and Tickets

August 19, 2017

Hull, UK
Mendelssohn Violin Concerto
Yorkshire Young Sinfona
Tom Hammond, conductor
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August 29 - September 3rd, 2017

Port Townsend, WA
Olympic Music Festival
recitals and chamber music
w/ Julio Elizalde, piano

September 14, 2017

Landau, Germany
Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz
Britten Violin Concerto No. 1
Karl-Heinz Steffens, conductor

September 18 & 21, 2017

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

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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.”