This is the stuff of dreams -- you are performing the Bach Double, with the fab and famous violinist Ray Chen, in front of 18,000 people at the Hollywood Bowl!
It's actually a possibility, because the Chen and the Los Angeles Philharmonic have just announced an international Play with Ray Competition, open to non-professional violinists of all ages.
"I want to provide people around the world a fun, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity," Chen said. "People who have a dream to perform on stage, this project is for you. I couldn’t think of a better partnership to help realize everyone's passion for music than the LA Phil at the Hollywood Bowl."
Those wishing to enter must submit a video of themselves playing the first violin part of J.S. Bach's Concerto for Two Violins in D minor (that's the one at the end of Suzuki Book 5), along with an application that includes an essay. It is free to enter! See this page for all the information to enter.
The winner will be flown to Los Angeles, put up in a nice hotel, and will perform the Bach Double with Chen and Los Angeles Philharmonic, led by Ben Gernon, on August 8, 2019 at the Hollywood Bowl. The concert will be livestreamed on Facebook and YouTube. The winner will have the option to play on a rare violin provided by Tarisio, and to attend masterclasses and concerts in the days leading up to the concert.
Chen has provided a video (on this page so that violinists who wish to apply can practice playing the piece, right along with Chen!
Here is a little video message from our media-savvy Ray:
To find out more information, please click here.
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