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Tour Dates

12/05/2019Symphony Center / Chicago, IL
12/06/2019Symphony Center / Chicago, IL
12/07/2019Symphony Center / Chicago, IL
12/10/2019Symphony Center / Chicago, IL
12/18/2019Schlosstheater / Fulda, Germany
12/19/2019Elbphilharmonie / Hamburg, Germany
12/20/2019Tonhalle / D?sseldorf, Germany
12/21/2019Kuppelsaal (Congresszentrum) / Hanover, Germany
12/22/2019Elbphilharmonie / Hamburg, Germany
12/25/2019Elbphilharmonie / Hamburg, Germany
12/26/2019Elbphilharmonie / Hamburg, Germany
01/16/2020Philharmonie / Cologne, Germany
01/17/2020Philharmonie / Cologne, Germany
01/21/2020Kaufleuten / Zurich, Switzerland
01/22/2020Hotel Villa Honegg / Ennetburgen, Switzerland
01/23/2020Hotel Villa Honegg / Ennetburgen, Switzerland
01/24/2020Hotel Villa Honegg / Ennetburgen, Switzerland
01/25/2020Hotel Villa Honegg / Ennetburgen, Switzerland
01/26/2020Stadthaus / Winterthur, Switzerland
02/01/2020Philharmonie / Cologne, Germany
02/06/2020Laguna Presbyterian Church / Laguna Beach, CA
02/07/2020Artists Theater / Laguna Beach, CA
02/08/2020Artists Theater / Laguna Beach, CA
02/14/2020Heinz Hall / Pittsburgh, PA
02/15/2020Heinz Hall / Pittsburgh, PA
02/16/2020Heinz Hall / Pittsburgh, PA
02/26/2020Konzerthaus / Berlin, Germany
03/19/2020Meyerhoff Symphony Hall / Baltimore, MD
03/21/2020Meyerhoff Symphony Hall / Baltimore, MD
03/26/2020Teatro Colon / Buenos Aires, Argentina
04/01/2020Auditorio Paganini / Parma, Italy
04/02/2020Auditorio Paganini / Parma, Italy
04/16/2020Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia / Rome, Italy
04/18/2020Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia / Rome, Italy
04/22/2020Suntory Hall / Tokyo, Japan
04/23/2020Suntory Hall / Tokyo, Japan
05/24/2020Dominion Arts Center / Richmond, VA

Ray Chen: Bio

Ray Chen started learning the violin when he was four years old and was accepted into the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music at 15, where he studied with Aaron Rosand and was supported by Young Concert Artists. After winning the Yehudi Menuhin Competition in 2008, Chen came to the attention of renowned violinist Maxim Vengerov, who described him as "a very pure musician with great qualities such as a beautiful youthful tone, vitality and lightness." Chen recently returned to the competition as their youngest ever juror.

In 2012, Chen became the youngest soloist ever to perform in the televised Nobel Prize Concert for the Nobel Laureates and the Swedish Royal Family. His Carnegie Hall debut with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic and Sakari Oramo, as well as his sold-out Musikverein concert with the Gewandhaus Orchestra and Riccardo Chailly were met with standing ovations.

Chen, who has released three albums on Sony, recently completed a five-city tour of China with the Gothenburg Symphony and Kent Nagano as well as a European tour with the LPO and Christoph Eschenbach. Other highlights include his debut with the Rotterdam Philharmonic, a recital at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw and a Bastille Day performance with Daniele Gatti and the Orchestre National de France for a televised concert on the Champs-de-Mars in Paris in front of an audience of over 800,000.

1 Johann Sebastian Bach - Partita for Violin Solo No. 3 in E: 1. Preludio  
2 Sonata for Violin Solo No. 1 in G minor: 1. Fuga (Allegro)  
3 Partita for Violin Solo No. 2 in D minor: 3. Sarabande  
4 Sonata for Violin Solo No. 2 in A minor: 4. Allegro  
5 Sonata for Violin Solo No. 3 in C: 3. Largo  
6 Partita for Violin Solo No. 3 in E: 3. Gavotte en Rondeau  
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Award-winning recording artist Ray Chen announces his new studio album fully professionally recorded and released from home during the global lockdown. Entitled Solace, Ray shares works from J. S. Bach's Six Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin, released digitally on August 7 via Decca Classics.

The events of 2020 which brought the world to a standstill have also created a time for self-reflection, and a renewed appreciation of the power of music. Ray explains, "Music heals the soul, it calms us, centers us, and creates focus in our lives. Bach's music, in particular, written so far ahead of its time, reminds us of an important message: that humanity struggles onwards despite the odds."