Sirena Huang

Why you should listen to her:

Only 11 years old when she performed at TED, Sirena Huang is still technically a child. But as anyone who sees her perform can attest, she has a musician’s soul that transcends her years. “Her musical imagination is boundless,” said Juilliard dean Stephen Clapp, who described her as “a musical artist with qualities of maturity far beyond her age.”

What’s most striking in her performance style is the way she combines technical ability with emotional force and nuance. Her fiercely virtuoso performances are profoundly moving, even via podcast. “Amazed,” “delighted” and “spellbound” are the words bloggers often use after watching her play. She has won numerous awards for her brilliant performances worldwide, and has played for the likes of French president Nicolas Sarkozy, King Abdullah II of Jordan, and the Dalai Lama.

Don’t have 25 minutes to view the whole video? Start at 8:50 to hear Sirena speak about the violin, then listen to her play. At 18:30, listen to variations on “Yankee Doodle”.

Absolutely in love with violin? Click here for 8 lyrical talks dedicated to this instrument.
I’d suggest watching Andrew Bird’s one man orchestra of the imagination :)

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