First off, I want to say HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Vanessa-Mae! Today, she turns 40, and I hope wherever she is, she’s having loads of fun.
I’m also happy to report that she has answered the questions we’ve submitted last year. She has changed managers, which is the reason for the delay. Check out her answers here. I found her answers fascinating!
She has now focused on her new album, which is a nice confirmation we’ve waited years to hear. I’m also planning to open a new thread topic where we can ask her additional questions.
Vanessa-Mae performs in Tashkent for the first time …
Good evening Vanessa-Mae fans! Vanessa-Mae just performed this past Wednesday in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. She performed with a youth orchestra specifically chosen for this concert. Unfortunately, I have not been able to locate any footage of the concert. However, she did a short interview after the concert where she recounts her visit. She also talked extensively about being “experimental” with music, and be willing to take chances. You can check it out below.
If anyone does find any footage of the concert, please let me know immediately. I will give you credit for the find and post it here on the main site. Thank you! Don’t forget to visit our forum and say hi!
[update – 9/22/18] Here’s a clip uploaded to Youtube that contains the first couple of songs Vanessa-Mae performed. Please let me know if anyone finds anymore! Thanks!!
Attention Vanessa-Mae fans in Russia! She will again return to St. Petersburg on March 6, 2018. You can find the tickets here. But hurry, there are only 8 tickets left as of this writing!
Update:Someone has managed to record Vanessa’s most recent concert on March 7 and uploaded it to Youtube. Make sure you leave a “like” to show our appreciation for making this available for all fans to see. Many thanks to zeta for finding this!
Below are a couple of videos of her last appearance back in February of 2017. If any of you plan to attend, please record as much as you can. Vanessa-Mae only performs a handful of concerts each year. Footage of her concerts are hard to come by as you might expect. Thank you so much in advance. If you do attend, we’d love to hear from you on our forum!
*updated 11/16/17* HQ pics of Vanessa-Mae’s birthday card
Scroll down to see the questions submitted to Vanessa-Mae.
In preparation for Vanessa-Mae’s birthday …
Vanessa-Mae’s birthday is a little over two months from now. She was born on October 27, 1978. Here’s a little fun fact, did you know Niccolo Paganini was also born on that same day? Vanessa has often stated Paganini is her favorite composer.
As a tradition, we send Vanessa questions asked by fans on the VMnet forum . We have done this for the past 14 years, and she’s answered every single one! Now I’m giving you the chance to ask your own question. Remember though, I cannot guarantee that your question will be chosen. We only send about six or seven questions total.
How? You must first register on the forum and then head over to the Vanessa’s birthday thread for details.
We also send presents and this year’s will be very special. The present itself is worth thousands of dollars and will be very unique. I can’t wait to tell you more about it!
Update – 11/16/17
Here’s the message I sent to Vanessa-Mae on her birthday card:
Happy 39th Birthday! We here at the VMnet forum wish that you had a very memorable birthday, spending time with loved ones and having lots of fun! All of us wish to thank you for the wonderful memories that you have given throughout your extraordinary career.
We have a very special birthday present for you, but it’s not ready yet. Please stay tuned! 🙂
Of course we do have a few questions that we hope you’d be willing to answer:
1) What keeps you busy nowadays musically (in between concerts)?
2) Any news on a new album? If not, could you tell us what style(s) of music that it would encompass?
3) Your fans in the U.S. miss you! Do you plan on performing in the U.S. in the not-too-distant future?
4) During your concerts recently, We notice you’ve played some music we haven’t heard you play in quite some time. For example, “Picante” and “I will always love you”. Do you plan to keep going back and performing pieces from your earlier work that you haven’t perform in quite a while? If so, we love the idea! Paganini’s “24th Caprice” and “Classical Gas” come to mind … 🙂
5) Do you have a strict practice regiment you follow? When you practice, are there certain pieces that you like to play to keep yourself in shape?
… and that’s it! Once again, thank you for your time and we look forward to hearing from you!
-Benji Ivy Owner, vanessamae.net
Lastly, her birthday present is still not ready yet. I recommend you visit the forum’s birthday thread to stay informed.
Vanessa-Mae is continuing her tour she started back in February. This time, she plays two concerts in Bratislava just a few days ago. Right now, there has not been much footage uploaded of the concert. However, I included what I did find below. I will continue to update this page as more videos become available.
She looks great as always, and once again wears a beautiful pink dress. It seems like the same one she wore at her Valentine’s Day concert. She did wear another dress, but the footage is quite grainy. Unfortunately, I am not able to tell much as the fan who recorded it was quite far from the stage.
May will be a busy month for Vanessa-Mae! She has concerts planned in Macedonia, Israel and Poland all before month’s end. As a result, you can expect to be seeing more footage from these appearances.
Videos (constantly updated)
[updated 5/25/17] Vanessa performs concerts in Caesaria and Skopje!
Here is some great news for Vanessa-Mae fans! Vanessa-Mae has just completed two concerts in Russia. Some of the fans in attendance uploaded some clips of both concerts. As usual, she performs a variety of music from her pop albums. However, she also played some new pieces she hasn’t performed in a while. She looks great as always, and her violin sounds great despite the accident.
It is obvious that the audience enjoyed these concerts. Again, Vanessa-Mae mixes things up when she visits Russia. Consequently, no two visits are the same, which I appreciate highly. Hopefully, CrazyCat was able to attend! This fan has recorded entire concerts at Crocus City Hall for past 4 years.
I will continue to update this page as more footage becomes available. Furthermore, if you find anything that is not listed here, please reach out to me on the forum. I would love to hear from you!
***Update*** Photos of Vanessa’s concert at the Crocus City Hall are available on their site. It seems that her concert had a Valentine’s Day theme, as she wore a gorgeous pink gown. Furthermore, I noticed some audience members holding pink hearts made of paper. Some of them even wave it back and forth during certain songs. I’m very envious of the fans that were able to attend. I hope she plans to come back to the U.S. some day! Before I forget, let me thank Display for finding the above link.
Clips of Vanessa-Mae in St. Petersburg
Vanessa-Mae plays Vivaldi’s “Winter”:
Clips of Vanessa-Mae in Moscow
Finally, here is a clip of Vanessa-Mae’s introduction at the concert in Moscow:
Thanks to zeta, we found some more music. Below, Vanessa-Mae plays “Love is Only a Game” and “Picante”. These are also from her “Subject to Change” album. What’s noteworthy, she hasn’t been played these pieces in years!
Just recently, I ran across a video on Youtube of Vanessa-Mae performing on the Rosie O’Donnell show back in 1996. It certainly brings back some very pleasant memory, as I see the violin performed in such a way that is attractive, hip, and relevant. The very next week, her first pop CD (The Violin Player) was mine!
She performs Mike Batt’s modern interpretation of Bach’s Toccata & Fugue. This also is the first of her pop singles and the title track on the Violin Player album. Even now, it still gives me shivers. It’s quite a treat to see how beautiful she portrays just not of herself, but the violin as well.
Live in the flesh ..
She plays this piece quite often on various shows at the time, but this particular performance has two major distinctions. First, she plays this live. Unfortunately, due to technical or time constraints, she often mimes if she is just appearing on a TV show. In this case, she plays 100% live. Secondly, she often has a few members of her band accompany her during performances. In this case, there are none and is solely assisted by Rosie’s Band. I am particularly impressed because I imagine that they only had a few hours of practice at the most before the show aired.
So what do you think? Do you agree that this is a particularly engaging performance by Vanessa-Mae? Are there better ones?? Please let me know!
Watch Vanessa-Mae perform at Crocus City Hall in Moscow from December 2015. A BIG Thanks to avid Vanessa-Mae fan CrazyCat!
The concert that almost never was
This December concert’s length is about one hour and thirty minutes, and it is my favorite out of all the concerts thus (make sure you check CrazyCat’s channel for the previous years’ concerts). Here, you will see Vanessa-Mae perform a wide assortment of music. Some of which dates back to her very first pop album: The Violin Player. This concert also has the distinction of being the only where Vanessa-Mae did not use her Guadaganini violin. She explains that there was an accident, and the violin’s scroll was broken. However, she is happy to report that due to some quick thinking by the organizers, they were able to procure her another violin.
She starts out with a very old favorite of mine – Red Hot. Then she continues with Havanna Slide and Morrocan Roll. On top of the fantastic track listing, she also had a full orchestra and conductor, which is rare. Normally, Vanessa utilizes just her band and a string section. She also divided the concert into two parts, ending the first half with ‘Storm’ from her pop album by the same name. Upon reappearing for the second half, she says she’s starting to get more comfortable with the violin. She reiterates that this is the first time she’s played on another violin since she was 10 years old! She then plays one of the most beautiful pieces from her album Choreography ‘Roxane’s Veil’. I particular loved the piano accompaniment that’s absent from the album version.
A rare slip-up …
A reminder that she’s still getting accustomed to her new partner, she hits a bum note during the solo introduction to Happy Valley. She curses a bit and smiles and completely starts over. However, this is the only time there was any clear indication she was playing an instrument that’s not her own. She comes out for an encore, but I’ll let you see for yourself what she plays. It’s something she has not performed in a very long while! 🙂
The visual and audio quality is quite good for an amateur video, and I’m sure you’ll love it as I do. Enjoy!!
Will this performance become your personal favorite?
If you were to ask me my personal favorite Vanessa-Mae song, I’d have to say Red Hot. However, she’s best known for Mike Batt’s arrangement for Bach’s Toccata & Fugue in D Minor. After all, this song was released as her very first single, and the title track on her first pop album. In fact, it reached #24 on the Billboard charts. To my knowledge, no other violinist has ever reached that high where the solo instrument is the violin.
She still performs it to this day! However, this particular video performance of this classic tune is especially .. well .. special. The reason? She performs in front of a huge crowd who gives her HUGE cheers at the end. Secondly, she looks absolutely beautiful and her technique was on point as usual. Lastly, she performs this piece on her acoustic violin where she normally uses her electric violin. This makes a huge difference and sounds so much better in my opinion
P.S. Believe it or not, this was recorded over 20 years ago!
Vanessa-Mae performs in Shekvetili, Georgia in a brand new arena. I’ll get into details about that arena in a bit. The crowd is very enthusiastic and cheers often during the concert. Moreover, Vanessa-Mae feeds off the energy by cheering them on. She even walks through the crowd during her encore performances. I’m sure it was a huge headache for security, but it seems to work well for the crowd’s enthusiasm!
The Black Sea Arena is newly built. Vanessa-Mae was one of the few artists who were fortunate to be the first performers at this venue. In addition, Christina Aguilera and The Scorpions perform there as well. A very big thanks to Sopho Kokobinadze for providing the video footage!! Enjoy!!!! 🙂 ~Ben