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QSO with Simone Young and Ray Chen

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They're Playing Our Song! The Planets in the Line Up for QSO Shows.

On two musically charged days in July, internationally renowned Australians, conductor Simone Young and violinist Ray Chen, will perform with Queensland Symphony Orchestra (QSO) in the QPAC Concert Hall. The original announcement of this show was met with gasps and enthusiastic applause, so it's no surprise the shows are quickly booking out.

In another show of stellar force by QSO in marking its 70th anniversary, Ray Chen, possibly the violinist on the international circuit, will perform the complex, original version of Paganini's mischievously difficult Violin Concerto No.1. Following that, Simone Young, who is considered one of the world's great conductors, will lead Holst's much-loved The Planets with the QSO.

About Simone Young

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You'd Have to be Made of Metal to be a Better Conductor than Simone.

Australia's leading conductor on the world stage, Simone Young was Artistic Director of Hamburg State Opera and Music Director of Hamburg Philharmonic Orchestra from August 2005 to the end of the 2014/2015 season, where she lead a wide range of operas including works by Mozart, Verdi, Puccini, Wagner, Strauss, Hindemith, Britten and Henze, among them world and German premieres.

Maestro Simone Young positioned herself on an international level as a Wagner and Strauss specialist: she took over the musical direction of several cycles of the Ring des Nibelungen at Wiener Staatsoper, Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin and Hamburger Staatsoper. She returned during the 2011/2012 season with a celebrated revival of Strauss' Daphne.

Simone Young has received numerous awards and honours and holds an honorary doctor of the Universities of Sydney and Melbourne. She is Professor at Academy of Music and Theatre in Hamburg, winner of the Order Member of the Order of Australia, Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres and the Goethe Medal.

About Ray Chen

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Ray Gets Set to Add Another String to His Bow.

Born in Taiwan and raised in Australia, Ray Chen was accepted to Curtis Institute of Music at age 15, where he studied with Aaron Rosand and was supported by Young Concert Artists. He plays the 1715 'Joachim' Stradivarius violin on loan from the Nippon Music Foundation. This instrument was once owned by the famed Hungarian violinist, Joseph Joachim (1831-1907).

Winner of the Queen Elizabeth (2009) and Yehudi Menuhin Competitions (2008), Ray Chen is among the most compelling young violinists today. "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," said the great Maxim Vengerov, who is Queensland Symphony Orchestra's Artist in Residence 2017.

In 2017, Ray signed to Decca Classics in a major new recording deal and multimedia partnership. Ray has previously released three critically acclaimed albums on Sony: a recital program 'Virtuoso' of works by Bach, Tartini, Franck, and Wieniawski, and the Mendelssohn and Tchaikovsky concertos with Swedish Radio Orchestra and Daniel Harding. Following the success of these recordings, Ray Chen was profiled by The Strad and Gramophone magazines as 'the one to watch'.

In 2012, he became the youngest soloist ever to perform in the televised Nobel Prize Concert for the Nobel Laureates and the Swedish Royal Family. His Carnegie Hall debut with Royal Stockholm Philharmonic and Sakari Oramo, as well as his sold-out Musikverein concert with Gewandhaus Orchestra and Riccardo Chailly were met with standing ovations. Ray Chen was a Junge Wilde artist at Konzerthaus Dortmund between 2012 and 2015.

He is the first ever classical musician to be invited to write a regular blog about his life as a touring soloist for the largest Italian publishing house, RCS Rizzoli (Corriere della Sera, Gazzetta dello Sport, Max). In his unstinting efforts to break down barriers between classical music, fashion and pop culture, he is supported by Giorgio Armani and was featured in Vogue magazine.

Simone's last work with QSO was during Season 2016, with Mahler's youthful Symphony No.4 and introspective Das Lied von der Erde. Ray Chen arrives in Brisbane after performing with the Orchestra in 2013 under the baton of Conductor Laureate Johannes Fritzsch. See them both live at one of these two amazing shows…

Friday 21 July at 11am, Concert Hall, QPAC (QSO Morning Masterworks Series)
The Australian Voices, Dir. Gordon Hamilton
Program: Paganini Violin Concerto No.1, Holst The Planets
Enjoy the finest repertoire ever created, presented by the best international conductors and soloists together with the QSO. Join like-minded music lovers for a complimentary morning tea before taking your seat in the Concert Hall for a performance of magnificent music.

Saturday 22 July at 7.30pm, Concert Hall, QPAC (QSO Maestro Series)
Conductor Simone Young, Violin Ray Chen
The Australian Voices, Dir. Gordon Hamilton
Program: Paganini Violin Concerto No.1, Holst The Planets
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Why? Treat Your Ears to World Renowned Musicians
When: Friday 21 July at 11am, Saturday 22 July at 7.30pm
Where: Concert Hall, QPAC
Cost: $64 - 87
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