Ray Chen

Violinist Ray Chen, 27, on his new group and classical music in the Instagram age

Violinist Ray Chen, 27, on his new group and classical music in the Instagram age

At 27, Ray Chen is regarded as one of the finest violinists of his generation. His joy in making music is palpable, his playing is confident, polished and richly characterized.

He's also harnessed social media to his advantage, which may account for why he says audiences at his concerts are typically young.

On Friday night, Chen is appearing at the Musco Center for the Arts in Orange with his new string quartet, Made in Berlin. None of the members is from Berlin; the group formed there last year. The quartet consists of Chen, who is Taiwanese Australian; Noah Bendix-Balgley, a Berlin Philharmonic concertmaster from North Carolina; Amihai Grosz, the orchestra's principal...

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