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Biography
Winner of the Queen Elisabeth Competition (2009) and the Yehudi Menuhin Competition (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 his friend and mentor Maxim Vengerov.
His premiere album Virtuoso, released worldwide on Sony Classical in January 2011, received glowing reviews from a range of major publications including The Times and Chicago Tribune, which named it the “CD of the week”. Following the success of this recording, Ray Chen was profiled by The Strad and Gramophone magazines as “the one to watch”. His 2011 recital tour featuring Virtuoso repertoire will bring him to Tokyo, Hamburg, Berlin, Munich, Zurich, and Dresden.Ray Chen is currently working on his next CD with Daniel Harding and the Swedish Radio Orchestra. This will be his first orchestral recording; the release is planned for January 2012.
Ray Chen’s festival engagements include Verbier, Ravinia, Schleswig-Holstein and Dresdner Festspiele. He will also return to Rostropovich Festival in Moscow in 2012 to participate in the celebration of Maestro’s 85th anniversary. Ray is looking forward to his upcoming debuts with the Filarmonica della Scala, Munich Philharmonic, Swedish Radio Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra and National Orchestra of Spain, among others.
Born in Taiwan and raised in Australia, Ray Chen was accepted to the Curtis Institute of Music at the age of 15, where he studied with Aaron Rosand. Mr. Chen plays the 1721 “Macmillan” Stradivarius provided as part of the award for winning the 2008-09 Young Concert Artists International Auditions in New York
Activities
ActivityFunction
Closing concert violin 2009Soloist
Final 2009: Ray ChenSoloist
Session of Saturday 30/05/2009 - 20.00Soloist
Semi-final 2009: Ray Chen - récital Soloist
Semi-final 2009: Ray Chen - concertoSoloist
First round 2009: Ray ChenSoloist
VIOLIN 2009First prize - Queen Elisabeth International Grand Prize
Audio
Final 2009: Ray Chen
Eun-Hwa Cho : Agens (ONB, Gilbert Varga)
Final 2009: Ray Chen
Pyotr Tchaikovsky : Concerto in D major op. 35 (ONB, Gilbert Varga)
Semi-final 2009: Ray Chen
Camille Saint-Saëns : Introduction et rondo capriccioso in A minor op. 28 (Pianist accompanist : Thomas Hoppe)
Semi-final 2009: Ray Chen
Claude Ledoux : V... (Pianist accompanist : Thomas Hoppe)
Semi-final 2009: Ray Chen
Eugène Ysaÿe : Sonata in E major op. 27/6
Semi-final 2009: Ray Chen
Henryk Wieniawski : Variations sur un thème original in A minor op. 15 (Pianist accompanist : Thomas Hoppe)
Semi-final 2009: Ray Chen
Sheridan Seyfried : Night
Semi-final 2009: Ray Chen
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart : Concerto n. 4 in D major KV 218 (ORCW - Paul Goodwin)
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