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Wednesday, 19 January, 2000, 11:49 GMT
Mae splits with manager-mother

Vanessa Mae is said to want to "live a little"

Superstar violinist Vanessa Mae has reportedly split with her manager-mother after a 10-year partnership.

The 21-year-old former child prodigy, who released her first album at the age of 11, has decided to strike out on her own, according to the Daily Mail.

Pamela Mae Nicholson has been sacked as her daughter's manager and record producer, while Mae is said to have moved out of the family home in Kensington, central London.

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The relationship between Mae and her mother is believed to have broken down after a row over touring commitments.

It is thought Mae, who has become a classical music pin-up, wants to "live a little" after spending most of her teenage years touring the world.

The decision is the opposite of one involving another child prodigy, singer Charlotte Church, earlier this month.

Jonathan Shalit, 13-year-old Charlotte's manager, was sacked and her mother Maria is taking a bigger role in guiding her career.

Child prodigy

A British citizen, Mae - who is half Chinese and half Thai - was born in Singapore where she lived for three years before moving to London.

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Pamela Mae Nicholson is credited with spotting her daughter's potential and pushing her to succeed.

Mae started to learn the piano at three, before taking up the violin at five. She started performing at nine and had three classical recordings to her name by the age of 13.

In 1994, Mae signed a lucrative deal with EMI and she has since become one of the world's top performers, often mixing classics and pop.

Nominated for best female solo artist at the 1996 Brit Awards, she performed at the high-profile 1997 Hong King handover ceremony.

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