Violinist Ray Chen will perform the next Young Persons' Concert on March 12 in the Pequot Library.

The 2 p.m. concert, sponsored by Music for Youth and the library, is free, as are master classes that will follow the performance. The library is at 720 Pequot Ave. in the Southport section of Fairfield.

Chen, who is 20, won the Grand Prize of the Queen Elisabeth International Violin Competition in Brussels, Belgium, in 2009. It awarded him a cash prize of 20,000 euros, concert engagements, a recording and a three-year loan of the "Huggins" Stradivarius from the Nippon Foundation. Winner also of the Young Concert Artists International Auditions in 2009 and the Yehudi Menuhin Competition in 2008, Chen's recent performances include recitals at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and Merkin Hall in New York.

Born in Taiwan and raised in Australia, Chen began Suzuki violin studies in Australia at the age of 4. He made his solo orchestral debut with the Queensland Philharmonic Orchestra when he was 8 and the following year was invited to perform at the opening ceremonies of the Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan. He was accepted at the Curtis Institute of Music at the age of 15, where he now studies. In addition to the Huggins Stradivarius, Chen also plays the 1721 Stradivarius known as "The Macmillan," provided as part of the award for winning the 2009 Young Concert Artists International Auditions.

Chen's future engagements include a performance with the Taipei Symphony at this year's World Expo in Shanghai, a North American orchestral debut with the New Jersey Symphony as well as concerts with the Orchestre National de Lille, France, Deutsche Symphonie, Berlin, and the Sydney Symphony, Australia. He will also be the featured soloist of the Rostropovich Festival in Moscow.

Call 203-938-3843 or e-mail pcum@optonline.net to register for the free classes.