Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Fastest Violin Player: Rock Violinist Ben Lee sets world record
LONDON, UK--Rock violinist Ben Lee of acclaimed electric violin duo FUSE played 'Flight of the Bumblebee' by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov on £1M Swarovski Crystal Violin in an astonishing 58.515 seconds - setting the new world record for the Fastest Violin Player.
Ben played the piece in an astonishing 58.515 seconds stripping nearly 5 seconds off the previous record.
The preceding Guinness World Record stood at 1 minute 3.356 seconds, set in early November 2010 taking only 0.7 seconds off the previous best time.
Judged by Guinness World Records officials and musical experts Ben Lee set the new record with a performance of 'Flight of the Bumblebee' by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, playing on the world's most expensive electric violin.
Ben Lee can now claim to have the fastest fingers in the world and live up to his reputation as the Usain Bolt of the violin world.
'Flight of the Bumblebee' is used to judge the Guinness World Record™ for the fastest violin player, as the piece is extremely fast and technically demanding.
Ben performed on one of a pair of FUSE's exclusive Swarovski Crystal Bridge violins. 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.
Each violin is worth over one million pounds and was launched in-store at Harrods.
Ben Lee commented, "Records are there to be broken, and I know I can take it even faster. The idea for this record challenge came from Linzi.
Having watched me attack the Van Halen and Jimmy Page solos that we have interpreted on our album, she had the faith! I was in a serious traffic accident earlier in the year, doctors told me I had to consider that my violin days could be over. Linzi thought a defined goal would help me battle through the rehab – she was right"
Ben Lee is a one half of electric violin rock duo, FUSE. FUSE bridges the gap between classical and pop music and the album features 14 anthems including 'Beat It' by Michael Jackson and Coldplay's 'Fix You'.