Ben Lee (violinist)

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Ben Lee
Born (1980-09-14) September 14, 1980 (age 38)
Eastbourne, Sussex
GenresClassical, Electronic, Pop
Occupation(s)Violinist, composer, producer
InstrumentsElectric violin
Years active2002 – present
LabelsEdel AG, Universal Music Group
Associated actsFUSE[1]
Websitehttp://www.FUSEofficial.com

Ben Lee (born September 14, 1980) is a British electric violinist and composer/producer. He is part of the electric violin band FUSE with Linzi Stoppard.[2]

Lee is popularly known as the "World's Fastest Electric Violinist" after setting a new Guinness world record playing "Flight of the Bumblebee" and playing within 58.515 seconds at Rogue Studios, London, UK, on 14 November 2010.[3][4] He also held the Guinness World Record for "World's Fastest Violin Player" for 4 years.[5][6]

Early life[edit]

Lee was born on September 14, 1980 in Eastbourne, Sussex. When Lee was 11, he won a competition on the television show "The Children's Channel" on BskyB and recorded his first ever single at Capital Radio. Lee was awarded the "Daily Telegraph Young Jazz Composer of the Year" at 16.[4]

Career[edit]

Before FUSE[edit]

Lee attended the Royal College of Music from 1999 to 2003, studying violin and film music composition. Whilst studying, Lee found work as a session musician, recording for many artists, including The Beta Band, Razorlight, Arctic Monkeys, Gorillaz, Emmy the Great, Goldfrapp, Mel C, Lightspeed Champion, White Lies, Qemists, and Mark Ronson. He has also led the Heritage Orchestra.[7][8]In 2005, Lee formed electric string quartet Eclipse which supported McFly on the "Wonderland" tour of the same year.

FUSE[edit]

At the end of 2007 Ben joined Linzi Stoppard to form the electric violin duo known as FUSE.[1] In 2009, FUSE signed a record deal with Edel AG Records, releasing their debut album "FUSE" the following year.[9]

In the summer of 2009, Lee was involved in a traffic accident in which he was run over by a truck whilst cycling. He suffered damage to his right hand and wrist. His bandmate Stoppard inspired his rehabilitation by challenging him to set the Guinness World Record for "Fastest Violinist". Lee appeared on The Alan Titchmarsh Show on UK TV to make the attempt. He broke the record a week later setting a time of 64.21 seconds.[10][11]

In December 2010, Lee broke the record again, this time on electric violin with the new time of 58.515 seconds.[12]

FUSE have performed at many events and concerts around the world, including C Music TV's European launch event at the 2008 Cannes Television festival and the 2009 British Red Cross International Fundraising Committee Gala Ball.[13][14]

In September 2010, Lee performed with FUSE at Fashion for the Brave in London for Help for Heroes, the Household Cavalry Operational Casualties Fund, and ABF – The Soldiers Charity.[15][16]

In December 2010, Lee headlined at the Istanbul "Classical Crossover" festival with FUSE.[17]

FUSE are also keen educators and were interviewed in the "European String Teachers Association" magazine in the summer of 2010.[18]

In 2012, The Discovery Channel named Ben Lee "Ultimate Superhuman" in its television show "Superhuman Showdown" after an international search for people with exceptional physical talents. Lee was examined by a panel of sports scientists and neuroscientists including H. A. Berlin.[19][20]

Ben Lee has insured his fingers for £3 million.[21]

Music for Screen[edit]

Lee has contributed original music to film, TV and fashion shows, notably Sam Taylor Wood's "Nowhere Boy" feature film, Katie Grand's "A Kind of Blue" for Armani starring Kelly Brook and fashion shows for Alexander McQueen.[22][23]

Ben Lee is currently working on his first film score with Linzi Stoppard for the upcoming feature "KTD 2020" for Fairbanks Productions.[24]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Michael Pilgrim (5 May 2010). "FUSE: Daily Telegraph interview". The Telegraph. Retrieved 28 November 2010.
  2. ^ "Meet Fuse". fuseofficial.com.
  3. ^ "Fastest electric violinist". Guinness World Records. 2013. Archived from the original on 11 January 2016. Retrieved 26 September 2018.
  4. ^ a b 2012, 7:31PM GMT 15 Nov (2012-11-15). "World's Fastest Superhuman title awarded to speed violinist Ben Lee". Retrieved 2018-09-26.
  5. ^ "Fastest violin player". Guinness World Records. 2011. Archived from the original on 31 August 2015.
  6. ^ "New Guinness Record for fastest violinist". Classic FM. Retrieved 2018-09-25.
  7. ^ "The Beta Band Discography". The Beta Band website. UK: EMI. 4 May 2004. Retrieved 20 July 2011.
  8. ^ "Arctic Monkeys "Leave Before The Lights Come On"". Discogs website. UK: Domino Records. 2006. Retrieved 31 July 2011.
  9. ^ Richard Kaye (2 July 2009). "FUSE sign £1m record deal". The Daily Mail. Retrieved 20 July 2011.
  10. ^ "YouTube: Fastest violin player on Earth". YouTube website. YouTube. 23 April 2010. Retrieved 20 July 2011.
  11. ^ "Ben Lee breaks record for world's fastest violinist". The Strad. Retrieved 2018-09-25.
  12. ^ "Ben Lee becomes fastest violin player in history". The International News, Pakistan. 19 December 2010. Retrieved 20 July 2011.
  13. ^ "FUSE and Britain's Got Talent star to perform at British Red Cross Gala Ball" (Press release). British Red Cross. 9 June 2009. Retrieved 28 November 2010.
  14. ^ "Hitting the Right Note! C Music TV Launches across Europe" (PDF) (Press release). C Music TV. 7 April 2008. Retrieved 28 November 2010.
  15. ^ "The best of British fashion and the British Armed Forces to unite for a charity event like no other". The Daily Telegraph. 8 November 2010. Archived from the original on 23 July 2011. Retrieved 15 November 2010.
  16. ^ Tamara Abraham (7 September 2010). "Flying the flag: Linzi Stoppard poses in showstopping Union Jack gown to launch fashion fundraiser in aid of military charities". The Daily Mail. Retrieved 15 November 2010.
  17. ^ "FUSE headline at Istanbul "Classical Crossover" festival". Istanbalview. December 2010. Retrieved 20 July 2011.
  18. ^ Jonathan Bungard (June 2010). "JESTA Magazine: FUSE interview". ESTA. Archived from the original on 21 July 2011. Retrieved 20 July 2011.
  19. ^ Press Association (16 November 2012). "World's Fastest Superhuman title awarded to speed violinist Ben Lee". The Telegraph. Retrieved 19 November 2012.
  20. ^ "Superhuman Showdown : Programs : Discovery Channel : Discovery Press Web". press.discovery.com. Retrieved 2018-09-25.
  21. ^ Georgina Littlejohn (15 September 2012). "Are these the world's most expensive fingers? Fastest violin player insures his hands for £3million". Daily Mail. Retrieved 19 November 2012.
  22. ^ Sam Taylor Wood (2009). "Nowhere Boy – additional music". Retrieved 20 July 2011.
  23. ^ Katie Grand (2009). ""A Kind of Blue" – original music". Retrieved 20 July 2011.
  24. ^ Daily Mail (7 March 2011). "Mrs Stoppard's movie role". Daily Mail. Retrieved 21 July 2011.

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