Ray Chen and Los Angeles Philharmonic are running a new competition that will see one lucky violinist perform on stage with the Australian virtuoso. Play With Ray is open to nonprofessional musicians from all over the world, and concludes with a concert at the Hollywood Bowl on 8 August.
“I want to provide people around the world a fun, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” said Chen. “People who have a dream to perform on stage, this project is for you. I couldn’t think of a better partnership to help realise everyone’s passion for music than the LA Phil at the Hollywood Bowl.”
To enter, violinists have to make a video recording of themselves playing the first movement of Bach’s Double Violin Concerto along to a backing track provided by Chen and the LA Phil. The competition website includes bowing and fingering tips from Chen as well as sheet music.
The top three finalists will be flown to Los Angeles to rehearse with Chen, using violins provided by Tarisio. They will also attend concerts and take part in masterclasses. One lucky winner will then perform the Double Violin Concerto with Chen and the LA Phil.
The concert will be live streamed on Facebook and YouTube. More information on how to enter can be found at playwithray.la.