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Rising star of the violin Ray Chen, winner of the Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition [2009]; and the Yehudi Menuhin competition [2008] makes his debut recording on Melba Recordings, accompanied by distinguished Australian pianist Timothy Young, on a disc of scintillating chamber music that presents Stravinsky at his most entertaining, his spirit brimming with optimism and bravura.

Ray Chen was born in Taiwan and raised in Brisbane, Australia, where he began playing violin within the Suzuki school. He was accepted to the Curtis Institute of Music at the age of 15, where he continues to work with Aaron Rosand.

Mr. Chen plays the Huggins Stradivarius, on loan from The Nippon Music Foundation, and the 1721 Stradivarius known as The Macmillan, provided as part of the award for winning the 2008-09 Young Concert Artists International Auditions in New York.


Timothy Young
enjoys a reputation as one of Australia’s leading pianists. In a wide-ranging repertory he performs regularly in recital as soloist and in partnership with Australian and international musicians and ensembles. His first recording for Melba is Volupté on which he accompanies Roger Benedict in music for viola and piano featuring works by Joseph Jongen and Charles Kœchlin.


Stravinsky Diversions
CD will be available at the end of October 2010


Melba CEO and executive producer, Maria Vandamme, is the subject of the cover story in the October edition of FANFARE, the American magazine of recorded music reviews. Maria is interviewed for FANFARE by Henry Fogel, the former president of US Orchestras.
This is Maria's second conversation with Henry Fogel for FANFARE. Read the previous interview here...

Maria Vandamme was recently interviewed for Conversation Hour by ABC’s Richard Fidler


SPECIAL OFFER: Experience Der Rosenkavalier with the rapturous singing of Cheryl Barker at the Sydney Opera House.

THE MARSCHALLIN is one of the great roles in the twentieth-century operatic repertoire. Australian diva Cheryl Barker sings the role for the first time in this magnificent period production. Thanks to Opera Australia the first two recipients of this newsletter who send an email to sales@melbarecordings.com.au mentioning the name of Cheryl Barker’s latest recording will receive a double A reserve pass to a performance in the Sydney Winter Season.
DATES: Oct 13, 19th 22nd or 26th - at 07:00 pm
Don't miss this chance to hear one of our greatest voices in Richard Strauss’ masterpiece.


Cheryl’s captivating recording of Puccini heroines, Puccini=Passion, with Richard Bonynge and Orchestra Victoria won international accolades. Cheryl’s eagerly awaited follow up recording with Melba is Cheryl Barker:Pure Diva. It is her tribute to her teacher Joan Hammond and is coming out next year.


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