6: Vilde Frang
Born in 1986, Norwegian violinist Vilde Frang started the violin at the tender age of four. This innocent beauty furthered her mastery of the violin by studying with Kolja Blacher at Musikhochschule Hamburg and Ana Chumachenco (a leading pedagogue) at the Kronberg Academy. Vilde is very quickly building a reputation as one of the younger generations top-tier virtuosi. She plays the extremely valuable 1709 “Engleman” Stradivari, kindly lent to her by the Nippon Music Foundation. As of late, Vilde spends her days performing with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields and collaborating with other eminent soloists including Maxim Vengarov, Anne-Sophie Mutter and Yuri Bashmet.
5: Ray Chen
Australian charmer Ray Chen was born in 1989 and started the violin at the age of four. He studied with Kerry Smith in Queensland, Australia and won many national competitions at a very young age. His success as a violinist bloomed when he won the Queen Elizabeth International Music Competition in 2009. Currently, he plays the 1702 “Lord Newlands” Stradivarius violin on loan to him from the Nippon Music Foundation. Ray has been extremely busy with many solo engagements and travel. This young star also has a commendable fashion sense.
4: Lisa Batiashvili
The gorgeous Lisa Batiashvili is a Georgian violinist born in 1979. Coming from a musical family, her father started to teach her the violin at four. She later studied at the Hamburg Musikhochschule and proceeded to win the International Jean Sibelius Violin Competition. After her win she received international attention and has been extremely occupied with performances, especially with the BBC Symphony Orchestra in London. Batiashvili plays a Joseph Guarneri “de Gesu” violin from 1739, generously loaned by a private collector in Germany. Batiashvili resides in Leleux (France) with her husband and her two children.
3: David Garrett
German David Garrett was born in 1982 and is an avant-garde pop/crossover violinist, model and recording artist. After studying at prestigious classical conservatories, Garrett composes music to arouse young people's interest in classical music by merging is compositions with rock instruments. David plays the 1716 “A. Busch” Stradivarius and is preparing to undertake a crossover tour in 2014.
2: Charlie Siem
Londoner Charlie Siem was born in 1986 and began to play the violin at the age of three. Charlie then proceeded to study with Professor Itzhak Rashkovsky and Maestro Shlomo Mintz. Currently, Charlie plays on the 1735 Guarneri “del Gesù” violin, known as the “d’Egville”. Alongside his concert activities, Charlie has also been recognized by renowned brands such as Dior, Dunhill and presently by Armani. His charismatic performances combined with his good-looks really captivates the camera and the audience.
1: Janine Jansen
Born in 1978 into a musical family, Dutch beauty Janine Jansen began to study the violin at age six. Today, she is recognized for her mastery of technique and unique musicianship. Janine works regularly with the world’s A-grade orchestras, including the Berliner Philharmoniker, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic. Jansen currently uses the 1727 Stradivari “Barrere” violin, on extended loan by the extended by the Elise Mathilde Foundation.