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Violin

RAY CHEN is a violinist who redefines what it is to be a classical musician in the twenty-first century. With an inspiring media and online presence, his musicianship reaches a global audience and is reflected in his engagements with the foremost orchestras and concert halls around the world.
 
Mr. 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 sup- ported by Young Concert Artists. Mr. Chen won first prize in the Queen Elisabeth (2008) and Yehudi Menuhin (2009) competitions and has since performed regularly in Europe, Asia, the US, and Australia. He made his San Francisco Symphony debut in 2011.
 
Mr. Chen’s profile continues to grow: He was featured on Forbes’ list of 30 Most Influential Asians Under 30; made a guest appearance on the Amazon series Mozart in the Jungle; and participated in a multi- year partnership with Giorgio Armani (who designed the cover of his Mozart album with Christoph Eschenbach).
 
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. His most recent release on Decca is Solace, professionally recorded and released from his home during the pandemic.
 
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.