Q&A with Ray Chen

In order for our audiences to get to know our artists better, we’ve asked those appearing at Ravinia this summer to answer some lighthearted questions. Violinist Ray Chen shares his answers below. 


Q: What is your favorite movie of all time?

A: That’s like asking what is my favorite composer of all time—there are too many to choose from!  But to name a few: Inception, Iron Man, 300 . . . I’m an action movie fan!

Q: What would be the most difficult thing for you to give up?

A: Eating. O.K., that would be pretty hard for anyone to give up, but I am such a foodie that the concept of giving up eating gives me the chills just thinking about it.  Here's something to put things in perspective: The only reason I exercise is so I can eat more.

Q: If you could have dinner with any three famous people (living or dead), who would they be?

A: Steve Carell, because I love him in The Office; Scarlett Johansson, because I think she’s the most beautiful girl in the world; and Keira Knightley, because she's the second most beautiful girl in the world.

Q: Is there anything you miss from before you were famous?

A: Ha ha! I wouldn’t say I’m famous enough to miss the “normal life”!

Q: What will you hope to be doing a year from now?

A: Still improving.

Q: Do you have an annoying habit?

A: Yes—checking my Facebook 10 times a day.  Any less and I start having withdrawal symptoms.

Q: What do you do to wind down after a performance?

A: Enjoy a gin and tonic with a dash of lemon and sprite.


For more of these fun Q&As, please pick up a free copy of Ravinia's Magazine at kiosks around the park!