All Ray-Chen articles

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    Play With Ray: The Winner Takes the Stage


    Three young finalists from around the world took to the Hollywood Bowl stage with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Ray Chen on August 8, 2019, as part of the LA Philharmonic’s Play With Ray competition. After a day at Universal Studios, masterclasses with Ray, and an up-close encounter with ...

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    5 views on Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto


    Five violinists share their insights into this pillar of the repertoire in these snippets of interviews featured in The Strad

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    Play with Ray competition for Hollywood Bowl concert


    Winner will Perform Bach’s Double Violin Concerto with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Ray Chen

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    Ray Chen in concert: Tambourin Chinois


    From Dutch broadcaster Avrotros comes this video of Ray Chen performing Kreisler’s Tambourin Chinois  with Amsterdam Sinfonietta, lead by Candida Thompson. Filmed on 17 February 2019 at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.

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    Backstage with Ray Chen at the San Francisco Symphony


    From Ray Chen’s YouTube channel comes this video of the run-up to his performance of Lalo’s Symphonie espagnole in San Francisco last October. ‘Ever wonder what the soloist is doing before he/she walks out onto the stage?,’ he writes. ‘Practicing? Eating? Or perhaps doing some sort of secret warm ...

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    Ray Chen: Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas


    The violinist performs a seasonal favourite. Produced by Daniel Jang

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    Ray Chen's practice challenge: Paganini Sauret Cadenza


    The violinist lays bare his practice process, beginning from scratch on one of the steepest technical challenges in the repertoire – the Émile Sauret cadenza for Paganini’s First Violin Concerto.

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    Ray Chen plays Paganini in the first round of Menuhin Competition 2008


    For Ray Chen, the 2008 Menuhin Competition which turbo boosted his career started here, with Paganini’s Caprice no.5. Chen, then 19, won the event before going on to also win the 2009 Queen Elisabeth Music Competition.

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    Ray Chen: The Golden Age


    Big-hearted performance of Bruch plus some tasty sweetmeats

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    Ray Chen: 'Failure was so much more meaningful towards my overall development'


    In this extract from a candid and wide-ranging interview, the violinist remembers leaving his home town of Brisbane, Australia, at the age of 16 to study at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia – and immediately feeling out of his depth

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    Ray Chen plays the Sarabande from Bach's Partita no.2 in D minor


    ‘I’ve always been inspired by Bach’s musical connection to the divine. One might not be religious or devout but one cannot deny the presence of a higher force within his music,’ writes Ray Chen in the description of his latest video, filmed on 12 January 2018

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    Ray Chen teaches Harmonics


    In the latest in Ray Chen’s ‘Masterclass Monday’ YouTube series, he looks at natural and artificial harmonics and offers some hard-won tips on getting them right

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    Ray Chen's comedy videos - vol.2


    A compilation of funnies from the Taiwanese-Australian violin virtuoso, featuring turns from Daniel Hope, conductor Cristian Macelaru and others

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    Ray Chen's violin swapping Bach Double Concerto encore


    Ray Chen gives an entertaining rendition of Bach's Double Violin Concerto alongside close friends and conductors Diego Matheuz and Christian Vasquez. Chen was performing a concert as part of the El Sistema programme in Venezuela. Watch: Ray Chen comedy videos compilation Watch: The Strad ...