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Ray ChenBack To Performers

Ray Chen, winner of the Queen Elisabeth and Yehudi Menuhin Competitions, is among the most compelling young violinists today. He has released three critically acclaimed albums with Sony and, following the success of these recordings, he was profiled by The Strad and Gramophone magazines. Ray recently completed a five-city tour of China with the Gothenburg Symphony and Kent Nagano, as well as a European tour with the London Philharmonic and Christoph Eschenbach. Other highlights of the past season include his debuts with the Rotterdam Philharmonic, a recital at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, and a second engagement with Gatti and the Orchestre National de France. In 2012, he 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. Born in Taiwan and raised in Australia, Ray was accepted to the Curtis Institute of Music at the age of fifteen, where he studied with Aaron Rosand and was supported by Young Concert Artists. He 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. 

Robert Spano, Music Director

Alan Fletcher, President and CEO