Linzi Stoppard

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Linzi Stoppard
Born1979 (age 38–39)
Surrey, England
InstrumentsElectric violin
LabelsEdel AG/Universal Music Group
Associated actsFUSE[1]

Linzi Stoppard (born 1979 in Surrey, England) is a British electric violinist.


Linzi Stoppard started taking violin lessons at the age of four.[2] She grew up in Surrey, and was trained under the Suzuki method.[1]

At the age of eighteen, Linzi Stoppard signed her first modelling contract, while still teaching and playing session violin.[3] As of 2010 is currently signed to Models 1.[4]

At nineteen, she was spotted by the music producers Oliver Adams and Praga Khan during a violin session. This resulted in her fronting Tattoo of Pain, an American heavy metal group.[5] Linzi Stoppard then formed a duo called Babe Instinct, for which she provided the vocals.[5] Later, she went back to electric violin and gave several performances.

In June 2004, she married Will Stoppard, son of Tom Stoppard and Dr. Miriam Stoppard.[2][5] In 2006, the director Stephen L'Heureux offered her a cameo role in his next film, after he saw her performing at the Cannes Film Festival.

At the end of 2007 Linzi joined Ben Lee to form a heavy-metal duo known as 'FUSE'.[1] FUSE has performed at several events, including C Music TV's European launch event at the 2008 Cannes Television festival[6] and the 2009 British Red Cross International Fundraising Committee Gala Ball.[7]

In 2009, FUSE signed a record deal with Edel AG Records, releasing their debut album "FUSE" the following year. [8]

Later in 2009, Stoppard posed for a publicity stunt at the launch of the world's most expensive electric violin, in part to promote the duo's album.[9] The album released, in 2010, features a version of Coldplay's Fix You.[10]

FUSE are also keen educators and were interviewed in the "European String Teachers Association" magazine in the summer of 2010.[11]

In September 2010, Linzi held Fashion for the Brave in London for Help for Heroes, the Household Cavalry Operational Casualties Fund, and ABF – The Soldiers Charity.[12][13]

In a collaboration with society jeweller Theo Fennell, Ben Lee & Linzi Stoppard created the world's first 24 carat gold plated electric violins encrusted with diamonds, sapphires and rubies.[14]

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  1. ^ a b c Michael Pilgrim (5 May 2010). "Fuse: Linzi Stoppard interview". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 28 November 2010.
  2. ^ a b Hugh Davies (27 May 2006). "The angel who plays a wild violin tames an old devil at Cannes". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 28 November 2010.
  3. ^ Michale Pilgrim (6 May 2010). "From fashion model to heavy-metal violinist". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 28 November 2010.
  4. ^ "Linzi Stoppard portfolio". Models 1. Retrieved 28 November 2010.
  5. ^ a b c "As the playwright said to the rock violinist..." The Sunday Times. 16 May 2010. Retrieved 28 November 2010.
  6. ^ "Hitting the Right Note! C Music TV Launches across Europe" (PDF) (Press release). C Music TV. 7 April 2008. Retrieved 28 November 2010.
  7. ^ "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.
  8. ^ Richard Kaye (2 July 2009). "FUSE sign £1m record deal". The Daily Mail. Retrieved 20 July 2011.
  9. ^ "Linzi-Stoppard-gives-classical-music-1million-rock-n-roll-makeover-models-worlds-expensive-violins". Daily Mail. 5 August 2010. Retrieved 15 November 2010.
  10. ^ Tom Stoppard and Linzi Stoppard (16 May 2010). "As the playwright said to the rock violinist..." The Times. Retrieved 15 November 2010.
  11. ^ Jonathan Bungard (June 2010). "JESTA Magazine: FUSE interview". ESTA. Archived from the original on 21 July 2011. Retrieved 20 July 2011.
  12. ^ "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.
  13. ^ 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". Daily Mail. Retrieved 15 November 2010.
  14. ^ "Rock violin band FUSE hoping to strike gold – with 24 carat instruments". Daily Mirror. 11 September 2013. Retrieved 11 April 2014.

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