World-class violinist continues Russian visit tradition

Russia has become the first country to see world famous violinist Vanessa Mae’s new show. Mae, who gave classical violin a second life through techno-acoustic fusion, paid visits to St. Petersburg and Moscow this weekend.

Mae, who has won many awards worldwide, prepared some specialties for her Russian audience. Apart from performing hits and new material, the violinist played Ochi Chernye (Black Eyes), a passionate Russian romance, often characterized as a gypsy song. The Russian show saw nine local singers and 12 string musicians perform alongside the star.

Mae’s visits to Russia have already become tradition, as she is a frequent guest at both private parties and public gigs. Her last Moscow performance was in 2009, and took place in Kremlin. She also entertained Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov on his birthday in Grozny – reportedly receiving $500,000 for the performance.

Mae scored worldwide renown over 15 years ago with her first pop album, The Violin Player. Her beauty has always stood alongside her talent, helping the young lady secure a place on the international stage. People Magazine included her in its list of 50 most beautiful people in the world, while FHM labeled her one of the 100 most attractive women.

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