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|Can You Guess?
Vanessa Mae was born in Singapore exactly 196 years after a giant in violin playing. Can You Guess who was born October 27, 1782?
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|1771 - Johann Gottlieb Graun, German composer, died in Berlin.
1775 - Birth of German violinist and composer Traugott Maximilian Eberwein. (A Biography in German can be found HERE.)
1894 - Birth of violinist, cellist and conductor Antonius "Toon" Verhey.
1911 - Violinist Efrem Zimbalist made his American debut with the Boston Symphony.
1917 - Carnegie Hall debut of violinist Jascha Heifetz at age 16.
1919 - Debut of Edward Elgar's Cello Concerto, with cellist Felix Salmond, and the London Symphony Orchestra.
1940 - Death of Dutch violinist, conductor and composer Fini Valdemar Henriques, at 72 in Copenhagen.
1948 - Debut of Stravinsky's Mass. Ernest Ansermet conducting, at La Scalla in Milan.
1957 - Debut of Villa-Lobos' Harmonica Concerto in Jerusalem.
1962 - The Rolling Stones made their first studio recordings in Highbury, London.
1963 - Peter, Paul and Mary were #1 and #2 on the U.S. album chart with Peter, Paul and Mary and In the Wind.
1988 - Debut of Steven Stucky's Concerto for Orchestra in Philadelphia, PA.
1995 - Gloria Estefan became the only pop artist to that time to receive a call from the Pope to perform. She performed the song Mas Alla to celebrate John Paul II's 50th anniversary of his ordination.
Did You Guess?
Niccolo Paganini was born 196 years before Vanessa Mae. By the way, did you find Paganini's name in our Famous Violinists Word Search puzzle or see his page on May 31?
|Vanessa-Mae Vanakorn Nicholson was born in Singapore on October 27th, 1978. Her family moved to London when she was 4. That's where she started to learn playing piano and, year later, violin. At the age of 7 she won a prestigious competition for 'Young British Pianist of the Year' (the only one she took part in). That's when she abandoned her career as a pianist, and devoted herself exclusively to violin.|
|Professor Lin-Yao-Ji, at the conservatory in Beijing, heard 8-year-old Vanessa and personally invited her to come to the conservatory there. He anticipated having her as a student there for a three year course. Vanessa-Mae completed her studies in several months.
Vanessa-Mae returned to Europe for further training. In 1988 she attended summer master classes under Professor Felix Andreyevsky in Schlezwig-Holstein. When Vanessa was 11, she passed entrance exams for a one-year course at Royal College of Music, where, year later, she became the only child in College's history to earn the 'The Professional Diploma Course' diploma. The Director of the College hailed her as a, "true child prodigy, like Mozart and Mendelssohn."
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|When Vanessa Mae began to work on her album, The Violin Player, she already had 3 classical recordings under her belt, as well as her debut and sophomore albums, Violin and Kids' Classics.
While she receives extremely positive reviews for her classical works, Vanessa-Mae doesn't limit herself to classics. She recorded the work of former Beatle John Lennon, and even recorded the theme from The Pink Panther.
1995's The Violin Player, which blends traditional and modern, electric violin sounds, spawned the pop song, "Toccata & Fugue", a dance remix of the Bach work which hit the UK charts. This made her the only classical artist to have a Billboard Dance Chart Topper.
Not content with mere music, Vanessa-Mae has written her autobiography, been featured in the book Girls Who Rocked the World : Heroines from Sacagawea to Sheryl Swoopes (Girls Know Best) and acted in the TV movie Arabian Nights.
|At the age of 9 Vanessa-Mae began writing her own cadenzas to Mozart's concertos. She started concert appearances at the age of 10, playing with Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London, becoming the youngest solist in the orchestra'shistory to play Kabalevsky's, Bach's, and Mozart's concertos with them.|