When only 8 years old Ray Chen realised that he wanted to play the violin for the rest of his life. Since then he has grown into one of the “hottest” violinists in the international music world having proved himself to be a pure musician with great qualities.
Winner of the Queen Elisabeth (2009) and Yehudi Menuhin Competitions (2008), Ray Chen is among the most compelling young violinists today. A naturally stylish fellow, Ray is noted for his commitment to breaking down the barriers between classical music, fashion, and pop culture – he’s even been supported by Giorgio Armani and been featured in Vogue magazine.
Ray Chen, regarded as one of the hottest violinists on the international circuit, will perform the complex, original version of Alexey Shor’s “Seascapes” for violin and orchestra. “I believe Alexey Shor’s “Seascapes” are inspired (as the name implies) by what life by the sea has to offer. Some of the music represents a simple life, there is something of a nativity he’s captured in those moments while in others the music represents the fickle stormy weather by the shore,” said Ray Chen.
Programme Bedrich Smetana Vltava (The Moldau) Symphonic Poem Georgs Pelecis Endorphin Music (Concerto for Symphony Orchestra) Joseph Vella “Rebbieha” Symphonic Poem, Op.45 Alexey Shor Overture to the Ballet "Crystal Palace" Seascapes for Violin and Orchestra 1. Abandoned Lighthouse 2. Lonely Sail 3. Gathering Storm 4. Summer Hail
Ray Chen Violin
Sergey Smbatyan Conductor
Armenian State Symphony Orchestra
Venue: Republic hall, Mediterranean Conference Center, 20.00