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A Noteworthy Introduction

Music by Stravinsky
for violin and piano -
heard by
HOWARD SMITH

'... refreshing naturalness ...'

Stravinsky: Diversions - music for violin and piano. Ray Chen and Timothy Young. © 2010 Melba Recordings

Twenty-one-year-old Taiwanese/Australian Ray Chen enters stage left with an impressive early portfolio and several celebrity endorsements. A student at the Curtis Institute, Chen is a protégé of veteran American virtuoso Aaron Rosand; who himself studied at Curtis. In 2008 he won the Yehudi Menuhin Competition and a year later triumphed at the (Belgian) Queen Elisabeth Competition.

Earlier this year (2010) Sony Classical signed Chen on an exclusive, multi-disc contract.

Bogdan Roscic, president of Sony Classical, described the decision to sign him as being 'as immediate as with Venezuelan conductor Gustavo Dudamel and American pianist Simone Dinnerstein'...

Copyright © 19 December 2010 Howard Smith,
Masterton, New Zealand

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CD INFORMATION: STRAVINSKY DIVERSIONS - VIOLIN AND PIANO

IGOR STRAVINSKY

MELBA RECORDINGS

RUSSIA

AUSTRALIA

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