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5 February 2015, 16:21
Violinist Ray Chen is superb value on social media, so we've compiled some of the funniest and weirdest stuff he's done on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
1. When he compared Mozart to the perfect hamburger
This is in-depth, and surprisingly plausible. Some musicans really are like vegan burgers.
Mozart & Burgers
More of a discussion than a masterclass, but this week I thought it would be fun to compare one of the most popular composers of ALL TIME with one of the most popular food items. Mozart doesn't have to be unreachable if we break him down into something relatable, and nothing is more relatable than a good burger. Does your sound = sauce? Style = ingredients? What else does it take to make your Mozart sound good? #MasterclassMondayPosted by Ray Chen on Monday, 21 December 2015
2. When he gave excellent advice about texting in rehearsals
It's just common sense, right?
Txting in Orchestra
Remember kids, if you're going to say stuff about somebody behind their back, make sure it's something POSITIVE! Then everybody is happy! #PlayNicelyNow #PositiveEnergy- With Christian Vásquez & the Teresa Carreño Youth Orchestra of VenezuelaPosted by Ray Chen on Friday, 13 November 2015
3. Mucking about with Philharmonia
In which Mr Chen is put on the spot by one of the world's top orchestras.
4. Drinking competitions with Vasily Petrenko
Well, if vodka's on the menu, we know who our money's on.
5. Terrifying a fellow violin legend
Poor Janine. How can she be immune to Chen's charms?!
6. Backstage selfies with Yuja Wang
We're not jealous of Ray's lifestyle or anything. Not a bit.
7. Alright… that's impressive
Ray Chen enlisted conductor Christoph Eschenbach and violinist Josef Špaček to help him play just one violin. Not bad.
8. Even Ray Chen is into viola jokes
We don't completely approve, but we can't resist…