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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.

1 Violin Sonata in G minor: 1 Larghetto  
2 Violin Sonata in G minor: 2 Allegro energico  
3 Violin Sonata in G minor: 3 Allegro assai  
4 Chaconne from Partita in D minor for solo violin  
5 Legende op. 17  
6 Variations on an original theme for violin, op. 15  
7 Sonata for violin and piano in A Major:1 Allegrett  
8 Sonata for violin and piano in A Major:2 Allegro  
9 Sonata for violin and piano in A Major:3Recitativo  
10 Sonata for violin and piano in AMajor:4Allegretto  
Ray Chen - Ray Chen 'Virtuoso' - EPK
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

"Ray Chen can do pretty much anything he wants on the violin" - The Washington Post

Sony Classical announces the release of Virtuoso the debut album on the label from the acclaimed young violinist Ray Chen. Winner of the Queen Elisabeth Competition (2009) and the Yehudi Menuhin Competition (2008), Chen has received rave reviews from critics, and high praise from distinguished musicians around the globe for the fresh insight he brings to his performances and a musical authority far beyond his age. Virtuoso, Chen's first recording for Sony Classical represents a selection of his personal favorites from different strands of the violin repertoire.

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