"Bringing the gap - between nations, ages, styles and people"
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Born in Singapore, and raised in London, Vanessa-Mae has mixed Thai/Chinese
parentage and British nationality. A very cosmopolitan education and well-travelled
childhood has helped her ascend into her high-profile and prodigiously succesful
international career with enviable case.
An only child of professional parents, she stunned teachers and family when
as a small child of 8, she chose to leave her family home, to settle into a
vastly different enviroment and physically challenging physical conditions
in Beijing, with a will to study violin with Professor Lin-Yao Ji at the
Central Conservatoire of Music. Her independent nature and confident approach
to her own music training and experience has continued through her time at the
RCM, as their youngest undergraduate, aged 11, up to her leaving succesive
mentors Felix Andrievsky and Vasko Vassilev, with their full respect and support,
to take up her own chosen career path in music.
Outside music, she adores skiing and water skiing. Aside from being honoured
with numerous musical awards, not least the coveted Nordoff Robbins Silver Clef
International Award, joining the eminent list of previous winners, U2, INXS, Plant
and Page , Bryan Adams, and AC/DC, she has also been showered with unexpected
non-musical accolades. She is the youngest person ever to be invited to address
the 172-year-old Oxford Union, and People Magazine in the USA voted her one of the
50 most beautiful people in the world.
Ultimately, it is her multi-million selling recordings that first made her a household
name all over the world.