Vanessa Mae


Vanessa Mae
Vanessa Mae
  • Born: October 27, 1978
  • Nationality: British
  • Profession: Violinist, Musician









Vanessa-Mae (born 27 October 1978) also called Vanessa-Mae Vanakorn Nicholson, is a British violinist with album sales reaching several million, having made her the wealthiest entertainer under 30 in the United Kingdom in 2006. She competed under the name Vanessa Vanakorn (her father's surname) for Thailand in alpine skiing at the 2014 Winter Olympics. She was initially banned from skiing because a qualifying race for her benefit was alleged to be corrupt, but the Court of Arbitration for Sport later nullified the ban, citing lack of evidence for her own wrongdoing or any manipulation.

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All the time I'm changing as an artist and as a person. Time
Beethoven and Beatles, Mozart and Michael Jackson, Paganini and Prince - I like them all.
But I don't mind, I'm a bit of a touring animal. When I'm on tour that is the greatest thrill for me, playing to a live audience.
But I don't think I've grown up to be a damaged adult.
But I still think it's mind over matter in the sense that if you're strong, you can combat anything.
But then I hit my 20s and only made two albums, and now I live in a ski resort as a ski bum basically.
For example, I loved English and history at school. I would have loved to have done a degree in either. But my Mom said I didn't have time for university. Time ;History
I could have taken the easy life and just done classical, but I felt very strongly about the album, my first pop album, the first time that I'd fused so many influences. I was very proud when it was in the charts in 25 countries at once. Life ;Time
I don't mind about the boos from the audience.
I started skiing around the same time as I began playing the piano, at around four, before moving to the violin at five. Time
I will be the Thai equivalent of Eddie the Eagle.
In an ideal world, I'd spend every weekend at my home in Zermatt in Switzerland.
In winter I go skiing on Saturdays and Sundays when the slopes are quieter due to changeover day for tourists, and in summer I hike up into the mountains at sunset, just as the village is settling down to dinner.
I've decided to make my main priority for the next two years not playing the violin, but training for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
Kids can be born with potential but unless it's encouraged - pushed, even - I don't think it will ever come to fruition.
Music is about the performance. Music, Chants & Rapps
Music will always be my greatest passion. Music, Chants & Rapps
People find it hard to understand how I can risk ruining my career as a musician by injuring myself on the slopes, but I've always been a tomboy.
The stage is the best experience in the world. It's a great compliment to be able to share the music, because people can hear my album but they don't get to make the connection in the same way as when it's one-to-one. Music, Chants & Rapps
To even get to the Olympics, I have to qualify for the 2013 World Championships and the standard is high. I know I am always going to be a few points behind the top guys.
Violin playing is a physical art with great traditions behind it. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
When I hit my 20s, I took a chill pill and relaxed because throughout my teens I was churning out an album a year. It was a treadmill of work then recording, promoting and touring. Work, Workers & The Labor Force