Violinist Ray Chen brings his remarkable musicianship to Emory University

January 16, 2019

The Schwartz Center for Performing Arts at Emory University presents violinist Ray Chen with pianist Riko Higuma for a recital concert featuring works by Vitali, Franck, Bach, Debussy, and Ravel on Friday, January 25, 2019 at 8 p.m.

Recognized as a musician of "phenomenal talent" by the Washington Post, Chen is among the most compelling young violinists of today. A winner of the 2009 Queen Elizabeth and 2008 Yehudi Menuhin competitions, he has performed with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and many others in concert halls across the globe.

Profiled as "one to watch" by the Strad and Gramophone magazines, Chen’s profile continues to grow: he was featured on Forbes’s list of 30 most influential Asians under 30; made a guest appearance on Amazon’s Mozart in the Jungle TV series; has a multi-year partnership with Giorgio Armani (who designed the cover of his Mozart album with Christoph Eschenbach); and performs at major media events such as France’s Bastille Day (live to 800,000 people), the Nobel Prize Concert in Stockholm, and the BBC Proms.

Chen’s commitment to music education is paramount and inspires a younger generation of music students with his series of self-produced videos combining comedy and music. While in Atlanta, Chen will conduct a workshop with students from Dekalb School for the Arts, and a master class with Emory students Trevor Chun and Hyerin Yoon, as well as Emory Youth Symphony Orchestra student Harriet Cass Skowronek.

The master class is free and open to the public, taking place on Thursday, January 24, 2019, at 4:30 p.m. in the Schwartz Center’s Emerson Concert Hall.

About the Candler Concert Series:

Made possible by a generous gift from the late Flora Glenn Candler, the Candler Concert Series brings internationally-renowned artists to the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts at Emory University. Candler artists range from large ensembles to solo artists and come from a wide variety of musical genres. 

All concerts are presented in the Emerson Concert Hall of the Schwartz Center (1700 N. Decatur Rd., Atlanta, GA 30322). Tickets are available through the Arts at Emory Box Office online at, in person, or by calling 404.727.5050 Monday – Friday, noon – 6 p.m.

The Schwartz Center for Performing Arts is committed to providing performances and facilities accessible to all. Accommodation requests should be made at least 24 hours in advance of the event to the Arts at Emory Box Office at 404.727.5050, or by email at