FUSE Electric Violinists Linzi Stoppard And Ben Lee Headline Istanbul Classical Crossover Festival
FUSE Electric Violinists Linzi Stoppard & Ben Lee Headline at Istanbul’s Classical Crossover Festival.
The FUSE electric violinists, aka Linzi Stoppard and Ben Lee rounded off a memorable festival at Istanbul’s Lutfi Kirdar Convention and Exhibition Centre.
The internationally acclaimed electric rock violin duo FUSE headlined The Classical Crossover Festival. Linzi Stoppard and Ben Lee headed up a list of artists.
With the release of their acclaimed album, the European / Asian tour, 12 million views on YouTube and counting, UK and international press, media, radio and tv – FUSE are bringing their stunning brand of entertainment to a global audience, and breaking Official World Records in the process.
Ben Lee is 5-time Guinness World Record holder for Fastest Violin Player in the World.
In the past this record has had 0.3, 0.5 seconds shaved off the time but Ben has taken an astonishing 10 seconds off the record to become the first player in history to pass the ‘magic-minute’ barrier. A feat compared to 4 minute mile by scientists on the Discovery Channel.
Ben smashed the old Guinness World Record with a time of 58.51 seconds, an incredible 15 notes per second.
The FUSE duo are the only string group in the world to be officially sponsored by Swarovski who created an exclusive one-off pair of Fuse Signature Crystal Violins worth over One Million Pounds each.
Following in the footsteps of international superstars Madonna, Michael Jackson and Kylie Minogue, FUSE’s Linzi Stoppard and Ben Lee joined forces with Swarovski to embellish each of their bespoke Bridge instruments with an incredible 50,000 crystals each, every one hand-applied, creating the world’s most expensive electric violins.
The FUSE electric violinists known as the prince and princess of the violin world performed their concert to an audience of music lovers from all walks of life and demographics.
“Their contemporary ideas and step away from the classical-cliche sound are beyond reproach.” – Mail Online
To celebrate Istanbul being the European Capital of Culture, many important artists of the classical cross-over music community were invited to Istanbul with the support of the Journal of the Andante in Istanbul.
As well as recognizing Istanbul’s capital position for the Classical Cross-Over Festival aimed to bring together distinguished representatives for all corners of classical music from around the world.
The FUSE concert was broadly speaking split into two halves – the first including classical cross-over favorites such as Last of the Mohicans, Braveheart, Adagio For Strings (FUSE style!), Lawrence of Arabia and many more.
The second half was in essence FUSE acclaimed album of rock-pop anthems ranging from Coldplay Fix You, Joan Jett I Love Rock N Roll, Michael Jackson’s Beat It through to Carmina Burana combined with Led Zeppelin and Europe’s Final Countdown. All this performed on their incredible Swarovski works of art.
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