PROGRAM

MOZART: Sonata in B flat major for violin and piano, K.454
GRIEG: Sonata no. 2 for violin and piano
YSAŸE: Solo Sonata for Violin No. 2 “Obsession”
DEBUSSY: Clair de Lune
RAVEL: Tzigane

RAY CHEN, violin

Ray Chen is a violinist who redefines what it is to be a classical musician in the 21st Century. With a media presence that enhances and inspires the classical audience, reaching out to millions through his unprecedented online following, Ray Chen’s remarkable musicianship transmits to a global audience that is reflected in his engagements with the foremost orchestras and concert halls around the world.

“Colors dance, moods swing, and Chen’s artistry blazes.” –The Times

First Prize Winner of both the Yehudi Menuhin (2008) and Queen Elizabeth (2009) competitions, he has built a stunning worldwide career through his dynamic live performances and enthralling recordings. Signed to Decca Classics in 2017, his first release was with the London Philharmonic with three critically acclaimed albums previously on SONY, the first of which (“Virtuoso”) received an ECHO Klassik Award. Profiled as “one to watch” by the Strad and Gramophone magazines, his profile has grown to encompass his featuring in the Forbes list of 30 most influential Asians under 30, appearing in major online TV series “Mozart in the Jungle”, a multi-year partnership with Giorgio Armani and performing at major media events such as France’s Bastille Day, the Nobel Prize Concert in Stockholm, and the BBC Proms.  In 2018, he was an “Artist Focus” with the Berlin Radio Symphony.

His utilization of social media has made Ray Chen a pioneer in bringing a closer relationship between artist and audience to a new public in a contemporary and relatable way. He is the first musician to be invited to write a lifestyle blog for the largest Italian publishing house, RCS Rizzoli (Corriere della Sera, Gazzetta dello Sport, Max). He has been featured in Vogue magazine and is currently releasing his own design of a violin case for the industry manufacturer GEWA. His commitment to music education is paramount, and inspires the younger generation of music students with his series of self-produced videos combining comedy and music. Through his online promotions his appearances regularly sell out and draw an entirely new demographic to the concert hall.

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 was once owned by the famed Hungarian violinist, Joseph Joachim (1831-1907).

“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

 

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