INSTRUMENTALISTS - VIOLIN
Manager: Daniel Evans
Management Territory: Worldwide
Winner of the Queen Elisabeth and Yehudi Menuhin Competitions, Ray Chen is among the most compelling young violinists today.
Ray has released three critically acclaimed albums on Sony: a recital program titled “Virtuoso” including works by Bach, Tartini, Franck, and Wieniawski which was distinguished with the prestigious ECHO Klassik award; a recording of the Mendelssohn and Tchaikovsky concertos with the Swedish Radio Orchestra and Daniel Harding; and his latest recording, an all-Mozart album with Christoph Eschenbach and the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra.
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.
Expanding the appeal of classical music to young audiences is a commitment that encompasses Ray’s work both onstage and off. Ray’s use of social media, 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.
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 is one of the five 1715 violins once owned by the famed Hungarian violinist, Joseph Joachim (1831-1907).