Vatroslav Lisinski Concert Hall
Saturday, February 17th, 2018 at 19:30 o’clock
Ray Chen, violin
The Zagreb soloists
Gioachino Rossini: String Sonata No. 3 in C Major
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 5 in A Major
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Souvenir de Florence, Op. 70
Ray Chen, a violinist, about whom the great Maxim Vengerov says: “Ray has proven himself to be a very pure musician with great qualities such as a beautiful youthful tone, vitality and lightness. He has all the skills of a truly musical interpreter.” Ray has won the Queen Elisabeth and Yehudi Menuhin competitions, and he has collaborated with the world’s most prominent orchestras. Together with the French National Orchestra and Daniele Gatti, he performed before an audience of around 800,000 in Paris marking Bastille Day. He recorded a few albums for Sony, signed an exclusive contract with Decca Classic, while The Strad and Gramophone magazines described him as “the one to watch”. In 2012, he was the youngest soloist ever to perform at the Nobel Prize Concert held in honour of the Nobel Laureates. Ray Chen is followed by over two million young people on SoundCloud. He is the first classical musician invited to write a regular blog about his life as a musician for the Italian publishing house RCS Rizzoli. He plays the 1715 “Joachim” Stradivarius violin, once owned by the famed Hungarian violinist Joseph Joachim.In this season, Saturday at Lisinski will mark the 65th anniversary of one of Croatia’s most prominent chamber ensembles – the Zagreb Soloists. The ensemble was founded within Zagreb Radio in 1953, under the artistic direction of the great musician, renowned cellist Antonio Janigro! For over six decades, under the artistic direction of a number of renowned concertmasters, the Zagreb Soloists have been living their music through the quality of their performance and promoting it in Croatia and abroad. They have given over 3500 concerts on all continents, in the largest cities and most famous concert halls: in Vienna, Amsterdam, London, Moscow, Rome, New York, Sydney, Geneva, Madrid, Buenos Aires. They have had numerous collaborations with a wide range of artists.