“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 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 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.  

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


May 14-29, 2016

Japan Tour
May 14: Toyama
May 15: Niigata
May 19: Aichi
May 21: Kanagawa
May 23: Tokyo, Suntory Hall
May 28: Osaka
Beethoven: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, D Major, op. 61
w/ Tonkünstler Orchester
Yutako Sado, conductor

June 16 & 17, 2016

June 16: Lausanne
June 17: Geneva
Bruch Violin Concerto
w/ Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
Domingo Hindoyan, conductor

July 1, 2016

Beijing, China
Lalo Symphonie Espangnole
w/ China Philharmonic
Long Yu, conductor

July 7, 2016

Santiago, Chile
Corpartes Theatre
Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto
w/ Orquesta Filarmonica de Chile
Paolo Bortolameolli, conductor

July 9, 2016

Lima, Peru
works by Beethoven, Saint-Saens, Manuel de Falla & Ysaye
w/ Julio Elizalde, piano

July 14, 2016

Buenos Aires, Argentina
Teatro Colón
Sibelius Violin Concerto
w/ Buenos Aires Philharmonic Orchestra
Enrique Arturo Diemecke, conductor
Details and Tickets

July 24, 2016

Berlin, Germany
Gendarmenmarkt Classic Open Air
Bruch Scottish Fantasy
w/ Konzerthausorchester Berlin
Kristjan Järvi, conductor
Details and Tickets

July 26, 2016

London, England
Royal Albert Hall
Bruch Violin Concerto
w/ BBC Symphony Orchestra
Andrew Davis, conductor
Details and Tickets

July 29, 2016

Aspen, CO
Aspen Festival
Lalo Symphonie Espangnole
w/ Aspen Festival Orchestra
Long Yu, conductor

August 5, 2016

Jacksonville, OR
Britt Music & Arts Festival
Shostakovitch Violin Concert No. 1
w/ Britt Festival Orchestra
Teddy Abrams, conductor
Details and Tickets

August 8-14, 2016

Port Townsend, WA
Olympic Music Festival
Recital & Chamber music with Julio Elizalde
program to be announced
Details and Tickets

August 20, 2016

Taipei, Taiwan
Bruch Scottish Fantasy
w/ Taipei Symphony Orchestra
Gilbert Varga, conductor

August 25, 2016

Bremen, Germany
Musikfest Bremen
Brahms Violin Concerto
w/ Bremer Philharmoniker
Markus Poschner, conductor
Details and Tickets

August 27 & 28, 2016

Sion Switzerland
"A Feast of Duos" competition @ Sion Festival
Jury Member & recital
w/ Igudesman and Joo

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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.”