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Ray Chen will return to Brisbane in major coup for Queensland Symphony Orchestra / news.com.au

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VIOLIN megastar Ray Chen will return to Brisbane next year to play Bach and Mendelssohn, in a major coup for the Queensland Symphony Orchestra. Mr Chen, 29, has millions of followers on social media and is regarded as the first classical virtuoso "rock star". He was born in Taiwan but grew up in Brisbane. Details of his Brisbane concerts are expected to be unveiled tomorrow by musical director Alondra de La Parra.

Critics have praised Chen's "jaw-dropping violin pyrotechnics". In Brisbane, Mr Chen will play a 1715 Stradivarius violin on loan from the Nippon Music Foundation. The instrument was once owned by the famous Hungarian violinist Joseph Joachim, who died in 1907.  photo; Chris Dunlop

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