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Last Updated: Thursday, 14 October, 2004, 05:19 GMT 06:19 UK
Vanessa Mae
Vanessa Mae in the Breakfast studio
Vanessa has been playing the violin since she was four
The barrier between classical and popular music is being gradually eroded - and one of the artists who's played a significant part in that is violinist Vanessa Mae.

Mae has developed a style combining elements of rock, pop and classical music with raunchy outfits and spectacular stage shows.

And now she's back with her latest album 'Choreography'.

  • Breakfast talked live to Vanessa Mae

    Crossing over

    It's hard to believe Mae has been recording for more than 10 years now - she's only 25 years old.

    During that time she's successfully mastered her craft as a classical musician then broken new ground by 'crossing over' into other musical genres.

    Mae has had a string of musicians following her into classical crossover including girl band 'Bond' all of whom are classically trained.

    The new album 'Choreography' sees Vanessa Mae team up with the might of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and includes dance inspired tracks by diverse composers including Vangelis.

    Worldwide sales of all her albums have now soared past the eight million mark - the latest offering takes its inspiration from dance with hints of tango, bolero and African tribal music.

    Mae's success is due to career can be measured by her commitment to her craft - she started playing the violin when she was just five years old, by the time she was ten, she'd made her first appearance as a classical virtuoso.

  • Watch Vanessa Mae live on Breakfast, just after 9am on BBC One only

  • Vanessa Mae's latest album, Choreography is released on 18th October. She's appearing at the Royal Festival Hall on 21st October

    Vanessa Mae
    Live on BBC Breakfast

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