Violin

The soloist plays the violin with a broken string halfway


Have you heard the saying “The show must go on?” »A very devoted violinist, Ray chen, recently summed up the essence of this statement. Known for his passion and energy, Chen turned what could have been a potential disaster into an enjoyable time for all onlookers alongside the Seattle Symphony.

While on stage at Benaroya Hall performing his solo from Tchailkovsky’s Violin Concerto, one of his violin strings suddenly snapped. Chen’s face mask couldn’t hide his surprise when he unexpectedly snapped his E string with his zealous violin bow. It can be a stressful situation during any performance, but Chen continued to play momentarily and glanced quickly at conductor Ludovic Morlot, before smoothly swapping instruments with a nearby violinist.

Chen calmly performed as the audience applauded. Meanwhile, violinist Mae Lin tended to her violin. During a break in the soloist’s performance, Chen quickly crossed the stage to hand Lin an extra E string that he was carrying, the thinnest string with the highest tension.

Chen only had to use the alternative violin for one movement before finding his own Stradivarius violin to complete the rest of the concerto, thanks to Lin’s quick repair on stage. Chen thanked conductor Morlot and members of the symphony orchestra for the ability to come together and maintain performance without missing a beat.

” Good. It happened again people. I don’t really know what I did to anger the String Gods, but it was a spectacularly awkward, yet exciting, moment breaking an E string! Special thanks to the quick thinking Seattle Symphony, Ludovic Morlot and Benaroya Hall, ”Chen said.

Scroll down to watch Chen’s performance where he wowed the crowd when he snapped his violin string in the middle of his solo.

Violinist Ray Chen continued to perform under a stressful situation while performing his solo.

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