Published on Jan 22, 2011
56.07 seconds :: 245 bpm :: Hong Kong, China :: New Year's Day 2011 :: LIVE on Chinese TV
Ben "Lightning Hand" Lee smashes his own world record performing "Flight of the Bumblebee" in a blistering 56.07 seconds.
The two times Guinness World Record champion was invited to perform with electric rock violin band FUSE alongside fellow violinist Linzi Stoppard as part of Hong Kong's "New Year's Eve" celebrations.
After rocking a sensational set of songs by Lady Gaga, Michael Jackson, Europe and Christina Aguilera, FUSE led the 8,000 strong crowd in a rendition of "Auld Langs Syne" before Ben Lee took centre stage for his record attempt.
Ben Lee (UK) first broke the "magic minute' barrier on November 14th 2010 to become the Fastest Violin Player in the World, beating the previous record holder by 5 seconds.
In Hong Kong, Lee reached speeds of 15 notes per second living up to his name as the Usain Bolt of the violin world.
'Flight of the Bumblebee' is used to judge the Guinness World Record™ for the fastest violin player, as the piece is extremely fast and requires the technically demanding "sautille" bowing style.
Ben performed on one of a pair of FUSE's exclusive Swarovski Crystal Bridge violins. Following in the footsteps of international superstars Madonna, Michael Jackson and Kylie Minogue, FUSE's Linzi Stoppard and Ben Lee joined forces with Swarovski to embellish each of their bespoke Bridge instruments with an incredible 50,000 crystals each, every one hand-applied, creating the world's most expensive electric violins. Each violin is worth over one million pounds (USD $1.5million) and was launched in-store at Harrods, London.
FUSE bridges the gap between classical and pop/rock music and their debut album features 14 anthems including 'Beat It' by Michael Jackson and Coldplay's 'Fix You'.
To hear more of FUSE's music, check out their official sites - http://www.fuseofficial.com & http://facebook.com/FUSEband
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