Ray Chen, Violin & Riko Higuma, Pianist
Sunday, January 27, 2019, 3:00PM
Walter S. Gubelmann Auditorium

“Chen crashes through any supposed barriers erected around classical music with his playing.”
– THE SAN DIEGO TRIBUNE

Winner of the 2009 Queen Elisabeth and 2008 Yehudi Menuhin competitions, Ray Chen is among the most compelling young violinists today. Riko Higuma performs with the world’s leading artists, and was the top-prize winner at the Jacob Flier and the Santa Fe International Piano Competitions. They will perform Grieg‘s Sonata for Violin and Piano, No. 2 in G Major, Op. 13, Poulenc’s Sonata for Violin and Piano, Bach’s Chaconne from Partita for Violin No. 2, and a piece by Koncz.

Tomaso Antonio Vitali  (1663-1745)  
Chaconne in G minor (arr. by Charlier)

Cesar Franck  (1822-1890)    
Sonata in A Major for Violin & Piano

Allegretto ben moderato

Allegro

Ben moderato: Recitativo-Fantasia

Allegretto poco mosso

-Intermission-

J.S. Bach (1685-1750)  
Chaconne, from Partita for Violin No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004 

*Piece to be announced from the stage

Claude Debussy  (1862-1918)                            
Clair de Lune (arr. by Roelens)

Maurice Ravel  (1875-1937)        
Tzigane

Ray Chen is a violinist who redefines what it is to be a classical musician in the 21st Century. With a media presence reaching out to millions, Ray Chen’s remarkable musicianship transmits to a global audience that is reflected in his engagements with the foremost orchestras and concert halls around the world.

Initially coming to attention via the Yehudi Menuhin (2008) and Queen Elizabeth (2009) competitions, of which he was First Prize winner, Ray has built a profile in Europe, Asia, and the USA as well as his native Australia. Signed in 2017 to Decca Classics, the Ray’s forthcoming recording with the London Philharmonic follows three critically acclaimed albums on SONY, the first of which (“Virtuoso”) receivedan ECHO Klassik Award.

Ray Chen’s profile continues to grow: he was featured on Forbes’ list of 30 most influential Asians under 30; made a guest appearance on Amazon’s “Mozart in the Jungle” TV series; performed for a live TV audience on France’s Bastille Day and at the Nobel Prize Concert in Stockholm.

Ray has performed with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony among others, and will make upcoming debuts with the San Francisco Symphony, Berlin Radio Symphony, and Bavarian Radio Chamber Orchestra. He works regularly with conductors such as Riccardo Chailly, Vladimir Jurowski, Manfred Honeck, Daniele Gatti, Kirill Petrenko, and many others.

Ray’s commitment to music education is paramount, and inspires the younger generation of music students with his series of self-produced videos combining comedy and music. Through his online promotions his appearances regularly sell out and draw an entirely new demographic to the concert hall.

Born in Taiwan and raised in Australia, Ray was accepted to the Curtis Institute of Music at age 15, where he studied with Aaron Rosand and was supported by Young Concert Artists. He plays the 1715“Joachim” Stradivarius violin on loan from the Nippon Music Foundation. This instrument was once owned by the famed Hungarian violinist, Joseph Joachim (1831-1907).

RIKO HIGUMA is a highly sought- after piano collaborator and chamber musician, performing with the world’s leading artists throughout the United States, Canada, South America, Europe, Russia and Japan. Top-prize winner at the Jacob Flier International Piano Competition and the Santa Fe International Piano Competition, Ms. Higuma has been featured in numerous music festivals around the world, including the Nagano-Aspen Music Festival, New Music On the Point (as a member of the American Modern Ensemble), New DOCTA festival in Argentina, Lidal North festival in Oslo and the La Jolla Music Society Summerfest in California, where her live solo performance was broadcast on NPR’s Performance Today. Notably, she was one of the Young Artists for the Van Cliburn Piano Institute in Fort Worth, where she appeared with the Fort Worth Symphony under Edward Browne. Ms.Higuma’s collaborations on the recital and concert stage have included distinguished artists such as Albert Markov, Alexander Markov, Neil Rosenshein, Jeffrey Solow, Cho-Liang Lin, Alan Gilbert, Steven Tanenbom, Jorge Bosso, Dora Schwarzberg, Timothy Eddy, Emanuel Borok, Suren Bagratuni, Ray Chen and Aaron Rosand.  Most recently, she was the rehearsal pianist for the New York Philharmonic’s premier of Lera Auerbach concerto with violinist Leonidas Kavakos.

Event Info

“Chen crashes through any supposed barriers erected around classical music with his playing.”
– THE SAN DIEGO TRIBUNE

Winner of the 2009 Queen Elisabeth and 2008 Yehudi Menuhin competitions, Ray Chen is among the most compelling young violinists today. Riko Higuma performs with the world’s leading artists, and was the top-prize winner at the Jacob Flier and the Santa Fe International Piano Competitions. They will perform Grieg‘s Sonata for Violin and Piano, No. 2 in G Major, Op. 13, Poulenc’s Sonata for Violin and Piano, Bach’s Chaconne from Partita for Violin No. 2, and a piece by Koncz.

Program Notes

Tomaso Antonio Vitali  (1663-1745)  
Chaconne in G minor (arr. by Charlier)

Cesar Franck  (1822-1890)    
Sonata in A Major for Violin & Piano

Allegretto ben moderato

Allegro

Ben moderato: Recitativo-Fantasia

Allegretto poco mosso

-Intermission-

J.S. Bach (1685-1750)  
Chaconne, from Partita for Violin No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004 

*Piece to be announced from the stage

Claude Debussy  (1862-1918)                            
Clair de Lune (arr. by Roelens)

Maurice Ravel  (1875-1937)        
Tzigane

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Ray Chen is a violinist who redefines what it is to be a classical musician in the 21st Century. With a media presence reaching out to millions, Ray Chen’s remarkable musicianship transmits to a global audience that is reflected in his engagements with the foremost orchestras and concert halls around the world.

Initially coming to attention via the Yehudi Menuhin (2008) and Queen Elizabeth (2009) competitions, of which he was First Prize winner, Ray has built a profile in Europe, Asia, and the USA as well as his native Australia. Signed in 2017 to Decca Classics, the Ray’s forthcoming recording with the London Philharmonic follows three critically acclaimed albums on SONY, the first of which (“Virtuoso”) receivedan ECHO Klassik Award.

Ray Chen’s profile continues to grow: he was featured on Forbes’ list of 30 most influential Asians under 30; made a guest appearance on Amazon’s “Mozart in the Jungle” TV series; performed for a live TV audience on France’s Bastille Day and at the Nobel Prize Concert in Stockholm.

Ray has performed with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony among others, and will make upcoming debuts with the San Francisco Symphony, Berlin Radio Symphony, and Bavarian Radio Chamber Orchestra. He works regularly with conductors such as Riccardo Chailly, Vladimir Jurowski, Manfred Honeck, Daniele Gatti, Kirill Petrenko, and many others.

Ray’s commitment to music education is paramount, and inspires the younger generation of music students with his series of self-produced videos combining comedy and music. Through his online promotions his appearances regularly sell out and draw an entirely new demographic to the concert hall.

Born in Taiwan and raised in Australia, Ray was accepted to the Curtis Institute of Music at age 15, where he studied with Aaron Rosand and was supported by Young Concert Artists. He plays the 1715“Joachim” Stradivarius violin on loan from the Nippon Music Foundation. This instrument was once owned by the famed Hungarian violinist, Joseph Joachim (1831-1907).

RIKO HIGUMA is a highly sought- after piano collaborator and chamber musician, performing with the world’s leading artists throughout the United States, Canada, South America, Europe, Russia and Japan. Top-prize winner at the Jacob Flier International Piano Competition and the Santa Fe International Piano Competition, Ms. Higuma has been featured in numerous music festivals around the world, including the Nagano-Aspen Music Festival, New Music On the Point (as a member of the American Modern Ensemble), New DOCTA festival in Argentina, Lidal North festival in Oslo and the La Jolla Music Society Summerfest in California, where her live solo performance was broadcast on NPR’s Performance Today. Notably, she was one of the Young Artists for the Van Cliburn Piano Institute in Fort Worth, where she appeared with the Fort Worth Symphony under Edward Browne. Ms.Higuma’s collaborations on the recital and concert stage have included distinguished artists such as Albert Markov, Alexander Markov, Neil Rosenshein, Jeffrey Solow, Cho-Liang Lin, Alan Gilbert, Steven Tanenbom, Jorge Bosso, Dora Schwarzberg, Timothy Eddy, Emanuel Borok, Suren Bagratuni, Ray Chen and Aaron Rosand.  Most recently, she was the rehearsal pianist for the New York Philharmonic’s premier of Lera Auerbach concerto with violinist Leonidas Kavakos.

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