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Ray Chen: Bio

Ray Chen started learning the violin when he was four years old and was accepted into the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music at 15, where he studied with Aaron Rosand and was supported by Young Concert Artists. After winning the Yehudi Menuhin Competition in 2008, Chen came to the attention of renowned violinist Maxim Vengerov, who described him as "a very pure musician with great qualities such as a beautiful youthful tone, vitality and lightness." Chen recently returned to the competition as their youngest ever juror.

In 2012, Chen 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.

Chen, who has released three albums on Sony, recently completed a five-city tour of China with the Gothenburg Symphony and Kent Nagano as well as a European tour with the LPO and Christoph Eschenbach. Other highlights include his debut with the Rotterdam Philharmonic, a recital at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw and a Bastille Day performance with 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 Chen

Mendelssohn | Tchaikovsky Violin Concertos

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1 Violin Con in D maj op. 35; Allegro moderato  
2 Violin Con in D maj op. 35; Canzonetta: Andante  
3 Violin Con in D maj op. 35; Finale: Allegro vivaci  
4 Violin Con in E min. op. 64; Allegro molto appassi  
5 Violin Con in E min. op. 64; Andante  
6 Violin Con in E min. op. 64; Allegretto non troppo  
Ray Chen | Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto | 1st Mvt | Queen Elisabeth Comp | 1 of 2 | 2009
Ray Chen | Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto | 1st Mvt | Queen Elisabeth Comp | 2 of 2 | 2009
Ray Chen plays Estrellita with Amsterdam Sinfonietta (encore)
Interview with WQED - Pittsburgh, Jim Cunningham
Ray Chen: Nobel Prize Concert 2012, behind the scenes
New Day Cleveland: Ray Chen
In the mind of Ray Chen: Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto

Sony Classical is pleased to announce the release of Ray Chen's first concerto recording on the label with the two Romantic masterpieces that have played a significant role in the young artist's career to date. His interpretation of the Mendelssohn E minor Violin Concerto led to his triumph at the 2008 Yehudi Menuhin International Competition for Young Violinists. The following year the violinist's insightful performance of the Tchaikovsky Concerto secured him first prize at the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels. For his second Sony release Ray Chen is joined by the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra under the baton of its musical director Daniel Harding.

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