Thursday, 10 October, Sava Center at 8 pm
VANESSA MAE, Violin
& Chamber Ensemble
Tickets: 1500, 2000, 2500, 3000, 3500

 

 

As a child, Vanessa-Mae’s astonishing talent was clearly apparent and early success as a virtuoso violinist within the rarefied world of classical musical was predicted by all who heard her play. Comparisons to some of the greatest prodigies of all time were made frequently but her status now, as a multi-million selling, iconic superstar, has surpassed the expectations of even the most ardent of her early admirers.
She is now a household name and has a 25-year career behind her that has achieved artistic and commercial success that few contemporary artists can come close to.
Sharing her birthday with the legendary violinist, Nicolo Paganini, Vanessa-Mae was born 196 years later on 27 October 1978 in Singapore, to a Singaporean mother and Thai father. After adopting a British father, she moved to London at the age of 4. Аt the age of 8, she embarked upon an intensive period of study with Professor Lin Yao Ji at the National Conservatoire of Music in Beijing. Vanessa-Mae returned to London, a fully-fledged virtuoso, entered London’s Royal College of Music and continued to hone her technique.
Vanessa-Mae made her world debut in 1988 to a sensational reception at the Schleswig Holstein Festival in Germany and made her UK debut with the Philharmonia Orchestra that same year. At the age of 13, she had already recorded three highly-praised classical albums. These contained a wide range of repertoire from masterpiece concertos by Tchaikovsky and Beethoven (the youngest artist ever to record these works), virtuoso showpieces by Paganini, Wieniawski and Sarasate to new arrangements of her favourite classical and pop melodies.
In studio working on her debut pop album, at the age of 15, she created a completely new genre of music. With the release of The Violin Player in 1995, at the age of 16, she discovered an ecstatic audience of millions worldwide. Her brave approach of presenting the violin in a new style caused controversy among some traditionalist critics but its enormous popularity around the world among music lovers of all kinds established her as a world star and subsequently inspired a wave of new artists following in her footsteps.
She has now sold over 10 million albums, holding over 40 international awards for both pop and classical recordings, and her concert specials have been broadcast in over 100 countries. She has also collaborated with a wide range of different artists, in many different capacities, from featuring on the title track of Janet Jackson’s album Velvet Rope to participating in a jazz-funk album Xpectation with Prince.
Vanessa-Mae is a dynamic live performer with a gruelling touring programme that has taken her around the world several times over. She has visited over 50 countries and performed in spectacular venues such as the Kremlin Palace in Moscow, Hyde Park in London and the Acropolis in Athens. She gave the first ever concert on the famous frozen lake of St. Moritz.
Vanessa-Mae has contributed to a number of film projects. She collaborated with Walt Disney Pictures on the music of Mulan. She also recorded Roxane’s Veil, written for her by Vangelis for her album Choreography, which was later used on the soundtrack album of Oliver Stone’s film Alexander.
Voted one of the “50 Most Beautiful People In The World” by People magazine and one of the “World’s 100 Sexiest Women” by FHM, Vanessa-Mae has appeared in some of the world’s most prestigious magazines and has worked with some of the world’s most renowned photographers. She created a sensation at Paris fashion week with her catwalk debut for Jean-Paul Gaultier’s show.
She is also active as a composer. Her album China Girl: The Classical Album 2 includes two compositions that Vanessa Mae wrote: Violin Fantasy on a theme from Puccini’s opera Turandot and the Reunificatiohn Overture which marked the pivotal historical moment of Hong Kong’s reunification to China.
Radio Classic FM released in 2017 a list of bestselling albums of classical music during the 25 years of its existence, with Vanessa-Mae appearing no less than three times on this list.

 

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