His first release, planned for the end of this year, will show him in works of Bach, Sarasate and others. Another, in 2011, is to feature virtuoso 19th-century pieces with orchestra.
Sony Classical president Bogdan Roscic didn't spare the next-big-thing-by-association accolades in a prepared statement:
"For me, experiencing the musicianship of Ray Chen for the first time was as exciting and the decision to sign him as immediate as with Gustavo Dudamel a few years ago. I was absolutely convinced only minutes into the very first piece I ever heard from him. Since then, I have become acquainted with a young musician who seems to have it all: an amazing, instantly recognizable tone; a charismatic personality and a musical authority quite unusual for someone his age. He is at the beginning of a major recording career and it is a privilege to be able to build it with him."