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

THE MOZART ALBUM

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

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 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."
THE WASHINGTON POST

CONCERTS

August 13, 2015

Los Angeles, CA
Hollywood Bowl
w/ Los Angeles Philharmonic
Zhang Zuo, piano | Johannes Moser, cello
Tan Dun, conductor
works by Tan Dun
Details and Tickets

September 1-6, 2015

Quilcene, WA
works by Beethoven, Saint-Saens, Ysaye, De Falla & Monti

October 21, 2015

Santa Barbara, CA
works by Beethoven, Saint-Saens, Ysaye, De Falla & Monti

October 25, 2015

New York
Lincoln Center
solo recital
works by Bach, Ysaye & Milstein

November 5-8, 2015

Netherlands Tour
Nov 5 - Eindhoven
Nov 7 - Rotterdam
Nov 8 - Utrecht
Bruch Violin Concerto
w/ BBC Symphony Orchestra
Martin Brabbins, conductor

November 10, 2015

Lugano, Switzerland
Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto
w/ Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana
Alain Lombard, conductor

November 21, 22 & 23, 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
recital

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

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

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

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