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  • Violinist Ray Chen and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Announce Finalists in the “Play with Ray” Competition at the Hollywood Bowl
  • Jun. 19, 2019
  • Winner will Perform Bach’s Double Violin Concerto with the
    Los Angeles Philharmonic and Ray Chen, Thursday, August 8, 2019

    Los Angeles (June 19, 2019) – The three finalists for “Play with Ray” – an international skills-based talent competition whose winner will perform with world-renowned violinist Ray Chen and the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl – have been selected: Adriana Bec, age 13, of San Antonio, TX, USA; Youngji Kim, age 22, of Daegu, South Korea; and Laura Kukkonen, age 17, of Helsinki, Finland.

    The three were selected by a panel of judges, which included Ray and members of the LA Phil, and will be flown to Los Angeles to play violin with Ray in person on rare violins provided by Tarisio, the leading international purveyor of fine instruments and bows. The finalists will also attend masterclasses and concerts in the days leading up to the concert. The grand-prize winner will join Ray and the LA Phil, led by Ben Gernon, on stage at the iconic Hollywood Bowl, performing the first movement of Bach’s Double Violin Concerto. The concert, which takes place Thursday, August 8, at 8PM PDT, will be livestreamed on Facebook and YouTube.

    More than 800 applicants submitted videos of themselves performing alongside a video of Ray provided by the LA Phil. Among the submissions, 73 countries and six continents were represented, with an age range of six to 76.

    About Ray Chen
    Ray Chen is a violinist who redefines what it is to be a classical musician in the 21st century. With a media presence reaching millions, Ray Chen’s remarkable musicianship transmits to a global audience that is reflected in his engagements with the foremost orchestras and concert halls around the world.

    About the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association
    The LA Phil, under the vibrant leadership of Music & Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel, presents an inspiring array of music from all genres – orchestral, chamber, and Baroque music, organ and celebrity recitals, new music, jazz, world music, and pop – at two of L.A.’s iconic venues, Walt Disney Concert Hall ( and the Hollywood Bowl ( The LA Phil’s season at Walt Disney Concert Hall extends from September through June and throughout the summer at the Hollywood Bowl. With the preeminent Los Angeles Philharmonic at the foundation of its offerings, the LA Phil aims to enrich and transform lives through music, with a robust mix of artistic, learning, and community programs.

    About the Hollywood Bowl
    One of the largest natural amphitheaters in the world, with a seating capacity of nearly 18,000, the Hollywood Bowl has been the summer home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic since its official opening in 1922 and plays host to the finest artists from all genres of music, offering something for everyone. It remains one of the best deals anywhere in Los Angeles; to this day, $1 buys a seat at the top of the Bowl for many classical and jazz performances. The Hollywood Bowl was named Best Major Outdoor Concert Venue 14 years in a row and was awarded the Top Amphitheater prize at the 2017 Billboard Touring Awards. For millions of music lovers across Southern California, the Hollywood Bowl is synonymous with summer.


  • Contact:

    Los Angeles Philharmonic:
    Sophie Jefferies,, 213 972 3422
    Lisa White,, 213 972 3408