Ray Chen

Violin Master Class Faculty

Violinist Ray Chen appears with the foremost orchestras around the world. Since winning first prize at the Yehudi Menuhin International Violin (2008) and Queen Elisabeth (2009) competitions, he has built a performing and recording presence in Europe, Asia, and the United States, as well as his native Australia. In Summer 2017 he recorded an album with the London Philharmonic Orchestra as part of his partnership with Decca Classics. He previously recorded three albums for Sony, including Virtuoso, which received an ECHO Klassik award.

Mr. Chen has appeared with orchestras around the world including the National Symphony Orchestra, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Filarmonica della Scala, the Chamber Orchestra of the Bavarian Radio Symphony, and the Munich and Los Angeles philharmonics. He has worked with conductors such as Riccardo Chailly, Vladimir Jurowski, Sakari Oramo, and Manfred Honeck, among many others. In the 2017–18 season he was an Artist in Focus with the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra.

Mr. Chen utilizes his significant social media presence in combination with modern technology to interact with his audiences in new ways. He practices his deep commitment to music education through a series of self-produced videos combining comedy and music.

Born in Taiwan and raised in Australia, Mr. Chen was accepted to the Curtis Institute of Music at age 15, where he studied with Aaron Rosand, and won the Young Concert Artists national auditions. He plays the 1715 “Joachim” Stradivarius violin, on loan from the Nippon Music Foundation.