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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

Mozart: Violin Concertos | Sonata

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1 Mozart: Allegro
2 Mozart: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 3 in G Major, K. 216: Adagio
3 Rondeau: Allegro, Allegretto, Tempo I
4 Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 4 in D Major, K. 218: Allegro
5 Andante cantabile
6 Rondeau: Andante grazioso - Allegro ma non troppo
7 Allegro di molto
8 Tema: Andante grazioso, Variations
RC - Mozart - from Concerto No. 3 in G major, K 216 / Menuhin Competition Cardiff 2008
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 new album from acclaimed violinist Ray Chen – a recording fully dedicated to works by Mozart. The album includes Mozart's Violin Concertos K216 in G Major and K218 in D Major, for which Ray Chen composed his own cadenzas, plus Violin Sonata K305 in A Major. Ray Chen is joined by the internationally renowned interpreter of Mozart's works Christoph Eschenbach, who not only conducts the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra in the concertos, but also performs with Ray Chen on the piano for the sonata.

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