Ray Chen Plays Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto

Ray Chen makes his Seattle Symphony debut with Tchaikovsky’s enchanting Violin Concerto, one of the most beloved works for the violin. Brimming with irresistible melodies, the concerto dazzles from its gorgeous opening to its pyrotechnic finale. Shostakovich’s Eleventh Symphony marks the events of the brutally crushed 1905 Russian Revolution — protest and defiance against oppression rendered in thrilling music.

21-22 Masterworks

Dates and Tickets

  • 4 Nov (Thu) 2021 7:30PM
  • 6 Nov (Sat) 2021 8:00PM
  • 7 Nov (Sun) 2021 2:00PM

Doors open

1 hour, 30 minutes prior to performance


S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium - Benaroya Hall


Michael Sanderling


Michael Sanderling become the Chief Conductor of Luzerner Sinfonieorchester at the start of 2021/22. This appointment comes after over a decade of close collaboration with the orchestra, most recently including a tour of South Korea performing Brahms, Beethoven, Holliger and Rachmaninoff, followed by subscription concerts in May 2019 performing Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5.

Sanderling is a passionate supporter of working with young musicians. He teaches at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Frankfurt/Main, and regularly works with the Bundesjugendorchester (National Youth Orchestra of Germany), the Young Philharmonic Orchestra Jerusalem Weimar, the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie and the Schleswig-Holstein Festivalorchester.

Ray Chen


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) received an ECHO Klassik Award. 

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). 

Seattle Symphony

Led by Music Director Thomas Dausgaard, the Seattle Symphony unleashes the power of music, brings people together and lifts the human spirit. Recognized as one of the “most vital American orchestras” (NPR), the Seattle Symphony is internationally acclaimed for its inventive programming, community-minded initiatives and superb recordings on the Seattle Symphony Media label.