“Ray Chen can do pretty much anything he wants on the violin.“ Washington Post

"Colours dance, moods swing and Chen's artistry blazes." The Times

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Ray Chen with Julien Quentin

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9 Aug - 27 Aug 2018

2018 international concert season

Experience a terrific celebration of the violin in all its moods with Ray Chen. Born in Taiwan and raised in Brisbane, he moved to the USA in his teens to pursue intensive violin studies. Since then, Ray’s appearances as a soloist with great orchestras around the world have carved his niche as a heart-stopping virtuoso.

On his return to Australia, Ray is joined by his regular playing partner, acclaimed French pianist Julien Quentin. A versatile and sensitive musician, Julien’s musicianship is the perfect accompaniment to Ray’s heartfelt artistry and jaw-dropping violin pyrotechnics. 

Ray’s assured playing is on show as he tackles works by Beethoven, Grieg and Ravel, and free to create a work with no technical limitations, composer Matthew Hindson’s world premiere is sure to be an exciting spectacle. 


Newcastle, Melbourne Weekday, Sydney Weekend, Adelaide

BEETHOVEN Violin Sonata no 1 in D major, op 12 no 1 
GRIEG Violin Sonata no 2 in G major, op 13
Matthew HINDSON Violin Sonata no 1 ‘Dark Matter’*
FALLA arr Kochanski  Suite populaire espagnole
MONTI Czárdás 


Brisbane, Canberra, Perth, Melbourne Weekend, Sydney Weekday

attrib VITALI Chaconne for violin and continuo in G minor
FRANCK Sonata in A major for violin and piano 
YSAŸE Sonata for solo violin in D minor, op 27 no 3 
Matthew HINDSON Violin Sonata no 1 ‘Dark Matter’*
RAVEL Tzigane 

*Commissioned for Musica Viva with the support of the Hon Jane Mathews AO,
Jan Minchin, and Peter Lovell.

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Event Dates

  • Newcastle 09 Aug 2018 7:30 PM
  • Brisbane (SOLD OUT) 11 Aug 2018 7:00 PM
  • Melbourne 14 Aug 2018 7:00 PM
  • Canberra 16 Aug 2018 7:00 PM
  • Sydney 18 Aug 2018 2:00 PM
  • Perth 21 Aug 2018 7:30 PM
  • Adelaide 23 Aug 2018 7:30 PM
  • Melbourne 25 Aug 2018 7:00 PM
  • Sydney 27 Aug 2018 7:00 PM

Hobart, 13 August 2018 8:00 PM



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