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

MUSICAL HEROES

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THE MOZART ALBUM

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

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 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."
THE WASHINGTON POST

CONCERTS

August 5, 2016

Jacksonville, OR
Britt Music & Arts Festival
Shostakovitch Violin Concerto No. 1
w/ Britt Festival Orchestra
Teddy Abrams, conductor
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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

September 4, 2016

Seoul, Korea
w/ Suwon Philharmonic
Brahms & Bruch Violin Concertos

September 6-13, 2016

Japan Tour
w/ Nippon Foundation

September 30 & October 1, 2016

Nice, France
Mendelssohn Violin Concerto
w/ Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice
Phillipe Auguin, conductor

October 4, 2016

Schloss Elmau, Germany
works by Franck, Moszkowski and Sarasate
w/ Sumina Studer, violin & Louis Schwizgebel, piano

October 6-11, 2016

Austria Tour
Oct 7: Klagenfurt
Oct 8: Grafenegg
Oct 9: Musikverein Wien
Oct 10: St. Pölten
Oct 11: Musikverein Wien
Prokofiev Violin Concerto No. 2
w/ Tonkünstler Orchester
Yutaka Sado, conductor

October 15, 2016

Einhoven, Netherlands
Eindhoven, Muziekgebouw
Made In Berlin

October 18, 2016

Macau
Macau International Music Festival
solo recital
works by Bach, Ysaÿe and Wieniaswki

October 21 & 22 , 2016

Malaysia
Beethoven Violin Concerto
w/ Malaysia Philharmonic
Gabor Takács-Nagy, conductor

October 23, 2016

Shanghai, China
Bruch Scottish Fantasy
w/ Taipei Symphony
Gilbert Varga, conductor

October 30, 2016

Hawaii
Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1
w/ Hawaii Symphony
Sarah Ioannides, conductor
Details and Tickets

November 3, 2016

Singapore
Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1
w/ Singapore Symphony
Andrew Litton, conductor
Details and Tickets

November 10-13, 2016

Nov 10: Berkeley, CA
Nov 11: Palo Alto, CA
Nov 12: San Francisco, CA
Nov 13: San Rafael, CA
Mozart Violin Concerto No. 3
play & direct w/ New Century Orchestra
Details and Tickets

November 18, 2016

Orange, CA
Philharmonic Society of Orange County
Made in Berlin

December 13, 2016

Istanbul, Turkey
Mozart Violin Concerto No. 3
w/ Borusan Philharmonic
Sascha Goetzel, 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