Violin Con in D maj op. 35; Finale: Allegro vivaci
Violin Con in E min. op. 64; Allegro molto appassi
Violin Con in E min. op. 64; Andante
Violin Con in E min. op. 64; Allegretto non troppo
Ray Chen :
Mendelssohn | Tchaikovsky Violin Concertos
RECORDS THE TWO WORKS WITH WHICH HE CONQUERED BOTH THE MENUHIN
AND THE QUEEN ELISABETH COMPETITIONS: THE MENDELSSOHN AND TCHAIKOVSKY VIOLIN CONCERTOS
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 available on February 7, Ray Chen is joined by the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra under the baton of its musical director Daniel Harding.
Ray Chen brings a fresh interpretation to these cornerstones of the violin repertoire and he finds kindred spirits in Daniel Harding and the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra. "Music is teamwork," says Ray Chen, and he explains his choice of these works for the new release on Sony Classical: "I won with Mendelssohn and Tchaikovsky. Maybe I bring something new and fresh to them. In any event, I would never take on something that I didn't feel ready for." Alongside his technical mastery, it is precisely the maturity of his playing which has impressed many critics. In the words of the Chicago Tribune: "He is an exceptional talent."
His debut album, Virtuoso, was released worldwide by Sony Classical in early 2011 to great critical acclaim. "This is a hugely exciting debut album, "stated BBC Music Magazine, and the Financial Times observed that "Chen's artistry blazes." The album also received the German ECHO Klassik Award 2011 and the French Classica Magazine's Choc de Classica award.
2011 has been a significant year for the 22-year-old Chen. The recital tour with the Virtuoso repertoire thrilled audiences in Tokyo, Hamburg, Berlin, Munich, Zurich, and Dresden. His debuts at the Verbier and Dresden Festivals led to immediate re-engagements for 2012, and audiences at Ravinia and Schleswig-Holstein, where he performed with the Munich Philharmonic, gave him standing ovations. In 2010 at the Asian Games Festival in Guangzhou he appeared at a sold-out event with the Seoul Philharmonic and Myung-Whun Chung. Future engagements include performances with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic, Gewandhaus Orchestra, and the National Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan.
Ray Chen was born in Taiwan and grew up in Australia. At the age of eight he was invited to play solo with the Queensland Philharmonic Orchestra, and in 1998 performed at the opening celebration concert of the Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan. At the age of 15 he was accepted for studies with Aaron Rosand at the Curtis Institute of Music. Ray Chen plays the 1721 "Macmillan" Stradivarius, which was part of his award as winner of the 2008–09 Young Concert Artists International Auditions in New York.