Ray Chen took up a place at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, USA aged 15, receiving international acclaim. In 2008 he was awarded first prize at the Yehudi Menuhin Competition, an accolade he repeated the following year at the Queen Elizabeth Competition. Thanks to his outstanding musical talent, he regularly appears with major orchestras and conductors, including Riccardo Chailly, Vladimir Jurowski, Sakari Oramo, Manfred Honeck, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig, the Scala Philharmonic, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra as well as numerous others. He has been described by the specialist magazines ›The Strad‹ and ›Grammophone‹ as »One to watch«.
Since 2017 Ray Chen has been on contract with Decca Classics and brought out his CD ›The Golden Age‹ in June 2018 to follow on from his previous three much celebrated CDs on the Sony label. As a violinist, Ray Chen has redefined the image of the classical musician in the 21st century. His presence on social media makes Ray Chen a pioneer of the digital relationship with the public.
He has also appeared as guest performer at a number of major events such as the French National Holiday, the Nobel Prize Ceremony in Stockholm and at the BBC Proms. Chen plays the 1715 ›Joachim‹ Stradivarius on loan from the Nippon Music Foundation and which was once owned by the famous Hungarian violinist Joseph Joachim (1831-1907).