Violinist Ray Chen was born in Taiwan and raised in Australia. He was accepted to the Curtis Institute of Music at age fifteen, where he studied with Aaron Rosand and was supported by Young Concert Artists.
Mr. Chen won first prize in the Yehudi Menuhin (2008) and Queen Elisabeth (2009) competitions and has since performed regularly in Europe, Asia, the US, and Australia. He first appeared with the San Francisco Symphony in the 2011 Lunar New Year concert and made his SFS subscription debut last season.
Mr. Chen has performed with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic, Filarmonica della Scala, Orchestra Nazionale della Santa Cecilia, and Los Angeles Philharmonic, among others. Recent and upcoming debuts include the Berlin Radio Symphony, Bavarian Radio Chamber Orchestra, and the Pittsburgh Symphony. From 2012 to 2015 he was in residence at the Dortmund Konzerthaus and in 2017-18 he was a featured artist with the Berlin Radio Symphony. He was featured on Forbes’s list of 30 Most Influential Asians Under 30 and also made a guest appearance on Amazon’s Mozart in the Jungle.
Mr. Chen is dedicated to expanding the reach of classical music through education and social media. He is the first-ever classical musician to be invited to write a regular blog about his life as a touring soloist for the largest Italian publishing house, RCS Rizzoli. In his efforts to break down barriers between classical music, fashion, and pop culture, he is supported by Giorgio Armani, has been featured in Vogue magazine, and is currently releasing his own design of violin case for GEWA. His commitment to music education is paramount and inspires the younger generation of music students with his series of self-produced videos combining comedy and music.
A Decca Classics recording artist, Mr. Chen’s debut recording for the label—The Golden Age, with the London Philharmonic—follows three critically acclaimed albums on Sony. His album Virtuoso received an ECHO Klassik Award. Ray Chen plays the 1715 “Joachim” Stradivarius violin on loan from the Nippon Music Foundation. This instrument was once owned by the famed Hungarian violinist, Joseph Joachim.