Ray ChenWinner 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.
Ray continues to win the admiration of fans and fellow musicians worldwide. 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. Since the 2012-13 season, Ray has been invited to join Konzerthaus Dortmund's series “Junge Wilde,” which presents young and groundbreaking artists in Germany. Later this season, Ray will make his San Francisco recital debut at the SF Jazz Center. He also looks forward to his upcoming recital tour of Australia and his debuts with the Orchestre National de France and the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
Followed by over 200,000 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. 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 1702 "Lord Newlands" Stradivarius violin on loan from the Nippon Music Foundation.
Selected press quotes
[Ray Chen] plays with a maturity that scarcely suggests someone still only 21. COLORS DANCE, MOODS SWING, AND CHEN’S ARTISTRY BLAZES.
THE TIMES, February, 2011
RAY CHEN CAN DO PRETTY MUCH ANYTHING HE WANTS ON THE VIOLIN.
Chen makes a beautiful sound but doesn’t get lost in tone for its own sake; he knows how to make a sound that feels exactly right for the piece in question.
WASHINGTON POST, December 2009
With a tone ranging from finely spun to deep burgundy, complete technical and elegant musical command, he makes each piece his own. Keep your ear on Ray Chen. From the evidence of this disc, HE IS AN EXCEPTIONAL TALENT.
CHICAGO TRIBUNE, January 2011
STYLISH AND REFINED … SUPERB.
DIE ZEIT, February, 2011
From the first notes there was no doubt of being in THE PRESENCE OF SOMETHING SPECIAL.
THE STRAD, January 2011
Even when the music is technically complex, he’s also A THOUGHTFUL PLAYER, ABLE TO CAPTIVATE THE LISTENER. He makes the virtuoso tricks sound really beautiful.
GRAMOPHONE, February 2011
Anyone who has ever heard Ray Chen play knows that he is a truly exceptional talent. Not only does his debut album showcase the virtuosity of his playing, it also highlights a considerable imagination and a refined sense of style. [RAY CHEN] IS ONE OF THE GREATEST HOPES OF THE VIOLIN WORLD.
RONDO, January, 2011
For the Chaconne, Chen sets the bar very high, imposing a reading that is very rigorous and very imaginative at the same time. IT’S PURE POETRY.
CLASSICA FRANCE, January, 2011
Behind his playing hides enormous control and a well thought-out vision, but once he is on stage, he creates the impression that everything flows out of his violin spontaneously. HIS WHOLE PERFORMANCE WAS OUT OF THIS WORLD.
DE STADAARD, 2009
This captivates those in thrall to vintage values …RAVISHING SOUND in a crystal-clear acoustic. His rhythmic inevitability reminiscent of Itzhak Perlman. Despite his new world identity, CHEN SEEMS AT ONE WITH THIS OLD WORLD MUSIC.
LISTEN, January 2009
[Ray Chen] produced trills TO DIE FOR. He had the kind of liquid tone that carries with it EMOTIONAL DEPTH OF GREAT INTIMACY.
THE HUFFINGTON POST, February, 2011
“[Ray] Chen’s most IMPRESSIVE STRENGTH is the uncompromising RHYTHMIC INTEGRITY of his playing.”
THE WASHINGTON POST, April 2013
"The tone he gets is almost human in its slight graininess and glow. This gave the HARMONICALLY ADVENTUROUS second movement of the Mozart a sense of the mysterious and the concluding Saint-Saens “Introduction et Rondo Capriccioso” a SPLENDID SENSUALITY."
THE WASHINGTON POST, April 2013
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