Born in 1989, Ray Chen began violin studies at the age of four under the guidance of Suzuki Music Education in Queensland, Australia.

Having won 1stPrize in the 2008International Yehudi Menuhin Violin Competition whichis described as the world’s leading competition for young violinists,Ray is becoming one of Australia’s rising stars.

Hemade his first solo orchestra debut at the age of eight with theQueensland Philharmonic Orchestra. In 1998 he was also invited toperform at the opening celebration concert of the Nagano Winter Olympicsin Japan. The following year, Ray was chosen as Australia´s 4MBS´s Young Space Musician of the Year.

Atthe age of thirteen, he won first prize in the Australian Youth ConcertoCompetition. In the following year he received his Licentiate Diploma ofMusic with distinction and was awarded the Australian Music ExaminationsBoard’s Sydney May Memorial Scholarship for being the youngest and mosttalented musician.

Rayhas won prizes in several competitions including third prize in theJunior Section of the 2004 International Yehudi Menuhin Competition,followed in 2005 with 1st prize in the Australia National Kendall ViolinCompetition.

ProfessorGoetz Richter, chair of the String Unit at Sydney Conservatory ofMusic has described Ray as ‘one of the most talented and accomplishedyoung violinists to have emerged from Australia.’

Chenhas given many public performances internationally and has taken masterclasses and lessons with notable artists including David Cerone, Midori,Cho-liang Lin , Maxim Vengerov, and Antje Weithaas. At the end of June2008 he made his Russian debut playing the Tchaikovsky Violin Concertowith the Mariinsky (Kirov) Orchestra in St Petersburg under the baton of Maxim Vengerov.

His violin teachers in Australia have included Kerry Smith (Queensland Conservatory) and Professor Peter Zhang (Sydney Conservatory).

At the age of 15 he was accepted into the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia where he has since studied with Aaron Rosand.