Three violinists have been named as finalists in the "Play with Ray" competition, the winner of which will perform the Bach Double with Ray Chen and the Los Angeles Philharmonic on August 8 at the Hollywood Bowl.
More than 800 student and amateur violinists submitted videos of themselves performing alongside a video of Ray provided by the LA Phil. The applicants represented 73 countries and six continents, with an age range of six to 76.
The three were selected by a panel of judges that included Chen and members of the LA Phil. All three will be flown to Los Angeles to play in person with Chen, using rare violins provided by Tarisio. Finalists also will attend masterclasses and concerts in the days leading up to the concert. The grand-prize winner will join Chen and the LA Phil, led by Ben Gernon, on stage at the Hollywood Bowl, to perform the first movement of Bach’s Concerto for Two Violins (the "Bach Double"). The concert will be livestreamed on Facebook and YouTube.
Here are the videos that were submitted by the finalists:
Adriana Bec, 13, of San Antonio, TX:
Youngji Kim, 22, of Daegu, South Korea:
Laura Kukkonen, 17, of Helsinki, Finland:
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