Oliver Lewis - Lord of the Strings - "The World's Fastest Violinist"
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In October 2010 Lewis became the Guinness World Record's fastest violin player ever. He performed 'Flight of the Bumblebee' live on BBC1's Blue Peter in 1 minute 3.356 seconds. He has since taken the record below one minute.
He has appeared on stage in productions such as the international smash hit Spirit of the Dance and the Theatre Royal's production of Oliver! and toured with War of the Worlds as well as appearing in numerous West End productions and world tours. In concert he has been the named support act for Katherine Jenkins.
After picking up his first violin at the age of eight it was not long before he was labelled a child prodigy. He led the National Children's Orchestra of Great Britain and made his concert debut before he reached his teens.
He graduated as a scholar from the Purcell School of Music, the Guildhall School of Music and Switzerland's Berne Conservatoire before turning fully professional, beginning as a concert soloist with the Berne Symphony Orchestra and then leading the Heidelberg Chamber Orchestra.
At this point, Lewis was an acclaimed virtuoso of the classics, but it was unknown that he was also a master in stylistic diversity. He became a star after his first performance on Spirit of the Dance where his fiddling was a spectacular demonstration of traditional Irish culture that has thrilled audiences around the globe. Spirit of the Dance has become one of the most successful shows in history, seen by millions.
Together with acclaimed producer Dave Williams, Lewis created the Deviations Project, which blends elements of classical music with electronic on pieces such as Tchaikovsky's 'Swan Lake" and Bizet's 'Carmen' which are recreated with modern music technology. Their Christmas album, Adeste Fiddles reached #16 in the US Billboard Classical Crossover Chart.
Lewis has also been used in film and commercials too, as the violin star in the car manufacturer's Opel Astra campaign, as the concert violinist in M&S Christmas advertisements and most recently in Cadbury's Olympics Spots Vs Stripes campaign in which he got to show off his record-breaking skills.
Lewis's concerts and performances have taken him across the globe from Europe to the United States, Australasia to South Africa and Asia to South America. He has played exclusively for Presidents and Hollywood starlets.
He is sponsored by the leading American string manufacturer D'Addario.
Since breaking the world record Oliver has appeared regularly on flagship UK and US programming, including: Blue Peter - BBC One, This Morning - ITV1, Ellen DeGeneres - NBC, Odd One In - ITV1, BBC Breakfast - BBC One, Newsround - BBC One, ABC News, The Today Programme - BBC Radio 4, Five Live Drive - BBC 5 Live, Premier Radio - US syndicated Network, X Radio Network - US syndicated network
He has been featured in The Times, Daily Mail, Daily Mirror, Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, Forbes Magazine, LA Times, OK! Magazine, AOL.com, MSN.com
Click on the videos below to watch Oliver perform:
'Magnificent talent, he took the audience into another world.' - The Guardian
'seamless brilliance, the audience asked for more' - London Evening Standard
'A fine Player … underlying musical intelligence' - Independent