Charlie Siem on Bruch, Bull and - Lady Gaga

Charlie Siem has spent the last year playing with Bryan Adams, partying with Lady Gaga and modelling. But if you’re thinking he’s a rock musician then you’re wrong, because Charlie Siem is one of the most exciting young classical violinists around.

Much as he enjoys his rock and roll lifestyle, we’re happy to report that Charlie says his real passion has always been the violin classics, ever since he was inspired by Yehudi Menuhin at the age of five. Now 25, he plays a Guaneri violin that belonged to Menuhin and is on the verge of releasing his second album, of Bruch, Wieniawski and Ole Bull.

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Charlie will be performing the Finale of Bruch’s Concerto No.1 and Vaughan Williams' The Lark Ascending at Classic FM Live on October 4 at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Hear tracks from his new album in John's CD of the Week slot next week.