Violinist Ray Chen has built a profile around the world both live and on disc since initially coming to attention via the Yehudi Menuhin (2008) and Queen Elizabeth (2009) competitions, of which he was First Prize winner. Signed to Decca Classics in 2017, he was profiled as “one to watch” by Strad and Gramophone, made the Forbes list of 30 most influential Asians under 30, appeared on Mozart in the Jungle, enjoyed a multiyear partnership with Giorgio Armani (who designed the cover of his Mozart album with Christoph Eschenbach), and performed at major media events including France’s Bastille Day (live to 800,000 people), the Nobel Prize Concert in Stockholm, and BBC Proms.
Mr. Chen has appeared 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. He has worked with conductors including Riccardo Chailly, Vladimir Jurowski, Sakari Oramo, Manfred Honeck, Daniele Gatti, Kirill Petrenko, Krzysztof Urbański, and Juraj Valčuha.
From 2012 to 2015 Mr. Chen was resident at the Dortmund Konzerthaus. He is the first musician to be invited to write a lifestyle blog for Italian publisher RCS Rizzoli, he has been featured in Vogue, and he designed a violin case for GEWA.
Born in Taiwan and raised in Australia, Ray Chen was accepted to the Curtis Institute of Music at age 15; there 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, once owned by famed Hungarian violinist Joseph Joachim (1831–1907).