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20 July 2017, 14:12 | Updated: 20 July 2017, 14:17
This musician combines the world's most-streamed pop song with an 18th-century Pietro Guarneri, and creates a beautiful sound.
When violinist Rob Landes was given the chance to play on a violin worth $1.2 million, made by the 18th-century violin maker Pietro Guarneri, he couldn’t pass up the opportunity to have a play on it.
But rather than playing a Baroque piece to match the age of the instrument, such as Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, or perhaps Bach’s Violin Concerto in A minor, Rob chose the current UK No. 1 single, ‘Despacito’ (Justin Bieber ft. Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee).
Playing live in the middle of a music store with a loop pedal for his backing track, Rob's artificial harmonics and hearty double-stopping give the popular summer dance track a perfect classical twist.