Vanessa-Mae,a young violinist, now twenty-four, took the world by storm when she was just sixteen with the release of her first 'pop' album: *The Violin Player*. Touted as a "Child Prodigy" many in the Classical community were excited with this new exciting star who had already released 3 Classical CD's when she was 12 & 13, had toured with orchestras and participated in many TV appearances with professional aplomb. It was early 1995 when Vanessa strongly came onto the music scene with her hugely successful Pop CD, "Then Violin Player". The Classical elitist were appalled that their prodigy had released a "Pop" CD packaged as Classical. But the world soon fell in Love with Vanessa and her brand of Music, a blend of Classical, Pop and Jazz. Vanessa mesmerized audiences with her compositions and charismatic personality. Vanessa also dressed to kill causing an additional uproar from a few stodgy Classical elitists, But it is her mastery of the violin, which left listeners in awe.
Vanessa was fourteen when she started working on 'The Violin Player'. The album ran up the charts in over twenty countries, shortly after its release. In 1996, she was nominated for the 'Best Female Artist' in the BRIT Awards, an award based in the UK. Vanessa is the first instrumentalist and classical musician to be nominated for this award, which is voted for being a mainstream pop award.
Vanessa has indeed come a long way to be what she is today. To date, Vanessa has released a number of both Classical and Pop albums. Vanessa's most recent release is a "Best of Vanessa-Mae" collection which includes the never released song "Art of War" and as a bonus a video montage set to "Art of War". Vanessa has also added singing to her repertoire, adding her voice to a number of tracks on her 2001 "Subject to Change" release. Her first vocal vertures though were on the well received "Storm" and "I'm a Doun" singles. As Vanessa progressed from child prodogy to independent adulthood both she and her music have matured. The personal strength and dynamic presence of Vaness-Mae are clear indicators of a musician who has fully arrived and is here to stay.