Ray Chen is looking for violins to be played by the finalists of his Play with Ray competition. Here he pays a visit to the New York offices of Tarisio to try out some instruments.

He writes: ‘In this video I go and explore the question “What is sound?” by interviewing different people in the business. I’ve always held a fascination, almost an obsession with comparing instruments and their sounds, being able to describe in words (which can be very difficult!) and processing that information into useful information for the concert hall.

‘The violins we compare are also simultaneously being vetted to be loaned to the finalists of this year’s Play with Ray: Hollywood Bowl competition where the winner will perform Bach Double Violin Concerto with me and the LA Phil in front of 18,000 people on August 8th, 2019. Entries close May 1st!’


Video by Daniel Jang