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Ray Chen's Victories on Record

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Ray Chen brings a fresh interpretation to these cornerstones of the violin repertoire. His second release is joined by the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra under the baton of its musical director Daniel Harding. "Music is teamwork," says Ray Chen, and he explains his choice of these works for the new release: "I won with Mendelssohn and Tchaikovsky. Maybe I bring something new and fresh to them. In any event, I would never take on something that I didn't feel ready for." Alongside his technical mastery, it is precisely the maturity of his playing which has impressed many critics. In the words of the Chicago Tribune: "He is an exceptional talent." His interpretation of the Mendelssohn E minor Violin Concerto led to his triumph at the 2008 Yehudi Menuhin International Competition for Young Violinists. The following year the violinist's insightful performance of the Tchaikovsky Concerto secured him first prize at the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels. Both romantic masterpieces that have played a significant role in the young artist's career to date, are included in his first concerto recordingin with Sony Classical.