The Violin Ecstasy duo (a.k.a FUSE) are award winning British virtuoso violinists who harness their bespoke and world exclusive $1 Million Swarovski Crystal electric violins, seizing classic pop, cross-over and club tracks and put them through the Violin Ecstasy wringer.
Violin Ecstasy’s eponymous album was released through Edel/Universal Records. The results are innovative but loving reinterpretations of hit anthems for the violin.
The band says, “It’s completely fresh, no one thought that what we do was even possible. Everything you hear is violins! The style that we use when we play is more akin to that of a guitar player, with more soul and electricity – literally! We specialise in blowing away people’s preconceptions.” Violin Ecstasy are already finding friends with music royalty who appreciate what they do. After raving, “I love what you’ve done, how did you get that sound?”, Francis Rossi appears on the album version of Quo’s ‘Down Down’, Nick Mason of Pink Floyd offered his services as a drummer and Roger Daltrey asked them to support him!
To celebrate the release of their album Violin Ecstasy are the only string group in the world to exclusively collaborated with Swarovski Crystal to create the most expensive electric violins ever made! Each violin has over 50,000, each crystal individually applied to the bespoke carbon-kevlar Bridge violin body. Each Violin Ecstasy Signature Swarovski violin is worth over $1,500,000 and was launched to the media in-store at the world famous Harrods.
In 2013 Violin Ecstasy’s Ben Lee became the 5-time Guinness World Record as the Fastest Violin Player in the world. Ben performed “Flight of the Bumblebee” by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov at over 17 notes per second making him the first player in history to break the magic-minute mark – Ben can proclaim to now have the fastest fingers in the world!
What Violin Ecstasy do can have a truly global appeal; there are no language barriers. Whilst they are very proudly a string band, listeners can sing along to the choruses that we all know. With the release of “Violin Ecstasy”, they will be bringing their unique brand of entertainment to a whole new audience!
Pop Anthems 1. Glorious 2. I Love Rock N Roll 3. Beat It 4. Go Your Own Way 5. Interlude 6. The Chain 7. Crazy Crazy Night 8. Final Countdown 9. Going Home 10. Fix You 11.Down Down 12. Battle Without Honour Or Humanity 13. Top Gun Anthem 14. Led Carmina (Kashmir / Carmina Burana)
Club 1. Stereo Love 2. I'm Not Alone 3. Infinity 4. Bad Romance 5. Strings Of Tortuga 6. Adagio For Strings
Cross-Over Classics 1. Braveheart 2. Mohicans 3. Lawrence Of Arabia 4. Fix You 5. Going Home 6. Fused Adagio 7. I Vow To Thee
"the most innovative violin album for over a generation, violin hero has arrived!" Daily Telegraph
"Linzi Stoppard and FUSE gives classical music £1 Million rock 'n' roll makeover with their world's most expensive Swarovski Bridge violins" Daily Mail
"Three standing ovations is all there is to know! Please come back next year" Medicinema, BAFTA
"FUSE has always provided incredible glamour and a highly polished musical performance for us at the InterContinental Park Lane and The Dorchester hotels. They are so much more than just a live act, so much so we have now commissioned FUSE to compose and perform the theme and score for the Hollywood feature film KTD 2020." James Black, Executive Producer, Fairbanks Productions
"This is incredible world class entertainment, I've never seen anything like it, thank you for literally lighting up the heart of the West End for us" The Royal Crown Estate
"If your looking for something a little bit different and a spectacular show FUSE is your answer. They certainly gave a unique, electrifying and dynamic performance. Alison Geary, Group Marketing Manager, Adelphi
"FUSE’s performance was truly fantastic, a real talent from a genuinely original artist." Richard Bayard, Director, Rogers Wireless, Canada
"Everyone was completely blown away by the talent of Linzi and Ben. Their performance was really incredible. Everyone was raving about it! Thanks for making me look so good…" Donna Pecci, Director of Talent & Entertainment, The EXP Agency, USA