Vanessa Mae – Violinist, Olympian

I love a renaissance human.  Vanessa Mae, world  famous violinist, is also an Olympic athlete.  She is the lone qualifier from the country of Thailand, in Alpine Skiing, and for the Olympics she is competing as Vanessa Vanakom, her Thai father’s family name.

I have to confess to not knowing Vanessa Mae before seeing her in the Opening Ceremonies last night on television, but apparently ten million or so people know her well enough to have purchased her albums.

Mae is known best for being a fusion/pop violinist, but here’s “Toccata and Fugue” with the Berlin Philharmonic and, incidentally, over 10 million YouTube views:

Thanks for reading.



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