Who is Ben? A look at the Author of Vanessa-Mae’s Unofficial News Blog

Who is Ben you ask? …

If you’re reading this paragraph, then you’re probably wondering “Who is Ben?” ¬†First off, Ben is me! ūüôā ¬†I’ve been an avid fan of Vanessa-Mae since 1996. ¬†She is such an inspiration to me that I decided to switch from viola to violin a few years later. ¬†Now I own 2 very nice violins: one being an old German trade fiddle built in the 1920’s and a new violin that’s almost a year old made by a very promising chinese luthier. ¬†The latter is my main violin and I absolutely adore it. ¬†You can even get a similar one yourself by visiting Fiddlershop.¬† The model I have is the ‘Holstein Plowden’.


Ben's Holstein Plowden Del Gesu pattern (left) & Ming Jiang Zhu 909 Del Gesu pattern
Ben’s Holstein Plowden Del Gesu pattern (left) & Ming Jiang Zhu 909 Del Gesu pattern

Why am I doing this?

I initially had no intention of building an entire website devoted to Vanessa-Mae. ¬†However, at this time, there seems to be nowhere on the web that regularly updates with Vanessa-Mae related news. ¬†This is not too surprising as Vanessa gives 2-3 concerts per year. ¬†That is a far cry from¬†the constant touring she did back in the mid-to-late 90’s. ¬†At first, I thought that her fame was waning, but that is not the case if my channel is any indication. One of Vanessa-Mae videos I have on my channel has recently hit 16 million views in the 9 1/2 years it’s been available on Youtube:


To this day, it seems people are still discovering (and sometimes rediscovering) Vanessa-Mae.  There are other violinists who have chosen a similar career path, like Lindsay Sterling.  Still, Vanessa-Mae has the distinction of being the first to become famous on a global scale.

Consequently, I thought it would be a good idea to be an author of a blog that will be periodically updated with news of interest to Vanessa-Mae fans.  All feedback is greatly appreciated.

One last word …

Lastly, if this inspires you to learn the violin, then do it! ¬†It’s never too late to start. ¬†There are so many exciting ways you can teach yourself like visiting YouTube channels and other blogs. ¬†You do not need to learn the violin so you can turn professional or because you need to play it for others. ¬†The biggest joy is learning for yourself. ūüôā

~Ben, owner of vanessamae.net