Vannesa Mae (biography)
Born 27 October 1978 Singapore
Residence Zermatt, Switzerland
Other names Vanessa Vanakorn
Years active 1990–present
Website vanessamaeofficial.com [dead link ]
Genres Classical techno electronic pop
Labels Sony Classical / SME Virgin / EMI EMI Classics
Early life and education
Vanessa-Mae was born on 27 October 1978 in Singapore, to a Singaporean mother and Thai
father. After adopting a British father, she moved to London at the age of 4 where she picked up the violin, having already started the piano in Singapore. At the age of 8, she embarked upon an intensive period of study with Professor Lin Yao Ji at the National Conservatoire of Music in Beijing. Vanessa-Mae returned to London, a fully-fledged virtuoso, entered London’s Royal College of Music and continued to hone her technique.
Vanessa-Mae became notable in the United Kingdom in her childhood making regular appearances on television (such as Blue Peter ) mostly involving classical music and conservative style. She made her international professional debut at age ten in 1988 at the
Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival in Germany, and the same year made her concerto debut on
stage with the Philharmonia Orchestra in London. [citation needed ] At age thirteen, she became
the youngest soloist to record both the Beethoven and Tchaikovsky violin concertos,according to Guinness World Records .
After entering her teens, Vanessa-Mae broke away from her traditional classical influences and became known for her more distinct appearance,appearing in music videos in more stylised outfits.  Her first pop-style album, The Violin Player, was released in 1995.
She appeared on the 1997 Janet Jackson album The Velvet Rope playing a violin solo on the. song “Velvet Rope”.
She was managed by her mother until Vanessa-Mae fired her in 1999.
On 7 March 2002 Vanessa-Mae performed a variation of Antonio Vivaldi: The Four Seasons –”Summer: III. Presto” during the opening ceremonies of the 2002 Winter Paralympics.
In April 2006, Vanessa-Mae was ranked as the wealthiest young entertainer under 30 in the UK in the Sunday Times Rich List 2006, having an estimated fortune of about £32 million stemming from concerts and record sales of over an estimated 10 million copies worldwide. [ citation needed] In 2006, Vanessa-Mae announced that she would be releasing a new album sometime between 2007 and 2008. The album was said to draw inspiration from classic ballets and opera themes.
A new album was expected in 2009,[ unreliable source? ] but the year ended without the expected release. [ according to whom? ]
Human rights controversy
In October 2011, Vanessa-Mae attended celebrations in Chechnya on the birthday of Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov along with several other celebrities, “played a bit of Vivaldi’s ‘Four Seasons’ utterly mechanically” according to The Moscow Times reporter Anna Malpas,and reportedly receiving $500,000 for her performance. When asked where the money comes from to pay for performances, Kadyrov replied that “Allah gives it to us”.Human rights groups,who had urged the celebrities to cancel their appearances because of human rights abuses carried out under Kadyrov, criticised her and other celebrities for attending the event.
Vanessa-Mae is said to have occasionally recorded her own compositions. Her 1997 album China Girl: The Classical Album 2 included performances said to be composed by her: Violin Fantasy on Puccini’s ‘Turandot’ and Reunification Overture , marking the reunification of China and Hong Kong.
Vanessa-Mae has said that she “started skiing around the same time as I began playing the piano, at around four, before moving to the violin at five”, and that it had been her “dream
to be a ski bum since I was 14.” In 2009 Vanessa-Mae took up residence in the Swiss alpine resort of Zermatt .In August 2010, she told the The Telegraph, “I am British, but realistically there is no way I could represent my own country, but because my natural father is Thai, they have accepted me.”She registered as a Thai alpine skier.
In 2014, Thailand had no Alpine skiers in the top 500, and Olympic rules allowed such countries to send one man and one woman to the Olympics slalom and giant slalom, based on alternative criteria: The skier must have 140 points or less, smaller scores being better under the International Ski Federation (FIS) system, while starting at least five internationally
recognized slalom or giant slalom events.
At the request of Vanessa-Mae’s management and the Thai Olympic Committee, a giant slalom competition was organized by the Alpine Ski Club Triglav and took place on 18 and 19 January 2014 at Krvavec in Slovenia, and would be the last chance for Vanessa-Mae to achieve the FIS-recognized score to qualify for the February 2014 Olympics. The event included a national junior championship, in which she was 14 years older than any of the competition.
The event put her score under the 140-point average,dropping it from 269.44 on 11 January to 131.15 at the end of 19 January. Her manager Giles Holland said “It would appear that she’s done it. She’s done it by a whisker, but she’s done it.”  FIS confirmed her eligibility to compete in the 2014 Olympics,with Ana Jelusic of the FIS mentioning that. the Krvavec results “ticks all the boxes”.