Ray Chen is a violinist who redefines what it is to be a classical musician in the 21st Century. With a media presence that enhances and inspires the classical audience, Ray Chen’s remarkable musicianship transmits to a global audience that is reflected in his engagements with the foremost orchestras and concert halls around the world.
Having won the 1st Prize of both the Menuhin Competition (2008) and Queen Elizabeth Competition (2009), Ray has built a profile around the world both live and on disc. He recently released his album ‘The Golden Age’ on Decca, and his previous three albums on SONY were also released internationally to critical acclaim, the first of which (‘Virtuoso’) received an ECHO Klassik Award. Ray has performed at the 2015 Paris Bastille Day concert, the Nobel Prize Concert in Stockholm and the BBC Proms, and his commitment to music education and inspiring a younger generation of musicians is paramount.
Born in Taiwan and raised in Australia, Ray was accepted to the Curtis Institute of Music at age 15, where he studied with Aaron Rosand. He plays the 1715 ‘Joachim’ Stradivarius violin on loan from the Nippon Music Foundation.
“What I love most about the Menuhin Competition, is its incredibly positive attitude towards not only celebrating music, but welcoming and supporting a new generation of talent. I am honored to be a part of this amazing organization, and most importantly, I can’t wait to hear and meet you all!”