When soloist Ray Chen snapped a string mid-Tchaikovsky, and handled it like a boss
8 November 2021, 11:43 | Updated: 8 October 2023, 12:34
Taiwanese-Australian violinist Ray Chen gives us all a lesson in how to recover an unexpected instrument mishap without missing a beat.
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While performing Tchaikovsky’s majestic Violin Concerto with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, the virtuoso’s E string abruptly snapped (watch below).
Chen wastes no time in seamlessly swapping instruments with a nearby musician, much to the amusement of the crowed who laugh at the nightmarish incident, before applauding his unruffled reaction.
Ray Chen breaks violin string mid-performance with the Seattle Symphony
During a pause in the soloist’s performance, Chen quickly crosses the stage to hand a spare string to a member of the orchestra.
And thanks to a speedy on-stage repair, the soloist only had to use the step-in violin for one movement before he was reunited with his Stradivarius for the rest of the concerto.
Now that, folks, is how to handle a mid-performance mishap like a pro.