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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Great But Not So Well Known Violinists

Taylor Davis (born 1987) is an American violinist, arranger, and composer best known for her covers of music from video games featured on her YouTube channel ViolinTay. She also features performances of her own arrangements of music from films and musicals and has begun releasing original music.
During 2012 Davis released two albums and an assortment of singles. The first album, Gaming Fantasy, features tunes from various video games arranged by Davis for violin. Six months later An Enchanted Christmas was released. Game On: 2 Player mode, a collaboration with pianist Lara de Wit (lara6683 on YouTube), was released in January 2013 and Legendary Movie Music was released in July 2013. With the help of a midi keyboard and computer software Davis created all of the orchestral backtracks for these works.
Lindsey Stirling (born September 21, 1986) is an American violinistdancerperformance artist, and composer. She presents choreographed violin performances, both live and in music videos found on her YouTube channel, Lindseystomp, which she introduced in 2007. In 2010, Stirling was a quarter-finalist on America's Got Talent season five, where she was known as the Hip-hop Violinist.
Since 2010, Stirling has released a self-titled album, an EP, and several singles. She performs a variety of music styles, from classical to pop and hip-hop to electronic dance music. Aside from original work, her discography contains covers of songs by other musicians and various soundtracks. Stirling is also a YouTube sensation: her music video "Crystallize" finished as the eighth-most most watched video of 2012, and her cover version of "Radioactive" won Response of the Year in the first YouTube Music Awards in 2013. Her YouTube channel had, as of November 2013, more than three million subscribers and four hundred million total views.

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