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Ray Chen

  • Violinist


Ray Chen continues to win the admiration of fans and fellow musicians worldwide. Last year’s Verbier Festival and La Scala Philharmonic performances resulted in immediate re-engagements. He received standing ovations at Ravinia and Schleswig-Holstein Festivals, where he was featured by the Munich Philharmonic. Ray Chen is looking forward to performing at the Nobel Prize concert in Stockholm with Maestro Christoph Eschenbach and the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra later this year. Other highlights of the upcoming season include his Carnegie Hall and Musikverein debuts, Israel Philharmonic and Gewandhaus Orchestra tours and recitals in Paris, Brussels, Rotterdam, London and Tokyo.

“The musicianship of Ray Chen is just as exciting as that of Gustavo Dudamel. He seems to have it all: instantly recognizable tone, charismatic personality and musical authority unusual for his age. He is at the beginning of a major career and it is a privilege to build it with him,” says Bogdan Roscic, President of Sony Classical.

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. He plays the 1702 "Lord Newlands" Stradivarius violin on generous loan from the Nippon Music Foundation.