International violin star wows crowds at Proms

 

​​​​​​Violin virtuoso Ray Chen left BGS in Year 10, 2004 to pursue his musical talents overseas. Earlier this year Chen debuted at the prestigious Proms classical music festival in London's Royal Albert Hall.

The Taiwanese-Australian wowed the audience, performing Bruch's Violin Concerto with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and conductor Sir Andrew Davis behind him.

Chen was perhaps always destined for musical greatness; starting his learning of the violin at the age of four, and being invited to play solo with the Queensland Philharmonic Orchestra at the age of eight.

In 2012 he became the youngest soloist ever to perform in the televised Nobel Prize Concert for Nobel Laureates. His shows across the world are almost exclusively met with standing ovations.

Separating himself from the traditional classical musician, Chen has a huge social media following, using his growing profile to break down stereotypes and expand the classical music audience by increasing its appeal to younger generations.

His incredible talent and entertaining personality combine to blur classical music with fashion and pop culture, leading to a relationship with Giorgio Armani and a feature in Vogue Magazine.

Earlier this year Chen performed Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto with the orchestra in Melbourne on a violin worth $10 million, made in 1715.

He is currently in the middle of a world tour. Click here​ to read more on his website.