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Ray Chen Signs with Decca Classics

January 12, 2017, 11:37 AM · Ahh, it's a beautiful fantasy, that a violinist could barge into a record company board meeting, whip out his fiddle and play the entire Sibelius Concerto, holding the board members rapt for 35 minutes until they jumped to their feet in applause and awarded him a record deal on the spot.

It may not have happened exactly that way, but today Decca announced that it has signed violinist Ray Chen to a "major new recording deal and multimedia partnership."

Considering Chen's excellence as a musician and his multi-media prowess and creativity, they could come up with some interesting projects!

"Iā€™m super stoked to be joining forces with the awesome team at Decca Classics," Chen said. "We'll be working together on a variety of projects which include the recordings of classic repertoire that everyone loves, but I'm happy that I'll have a partner which will help boost the multimedia side of things, too.ā€

Decca Classics Managing Director Alexander Buhr said that "not only is he a terrific performer with stunning virtuosity, he is also an extraordinary communicator ā€“ on stage, on record and online....Ray is forging a new path for classical music in the digital sphere and is at the forefront of a new generation of artists on Decca Classics."

Born in Taiwan and raised in Australia, Chen studied violin at Curtis Institute with Aaron Rosand and was supported in his early days by Young Concert Artists. He won First Prize in the 2008 Menuhin Competition and returned in 2016 as its youngest-ever juror. Chen has released three albums on Sony. Among his many appearances around the globe was a well-watched Bastille Day performance with Daniele Gatti and the Orchestre National de France for a televised concert on the Champs-de-Mars in Paris in front of an audience of more than 800,000. Chen plays the 1715 "Joachim" Strad, on loan from the Nippon Music Foundation.

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