Linzi Stoppard’s Swarovski crystal-encrusted electric violin is a one of kind, never to be made again but it is not the only aspect of Linzi Stoppard and FUSE that sparkles like a glitter ball.
Linzi has risen to the top of her field, with a contemporary edgy style that’s all her own, Linzi Stoppard is famed for pushing boundaries of the traditionally classical instrument with her unique and sound that is one of the best kept secrets, the results pushes the envelope of musical convention.
After a coveted solo career Linzi joined forces with fellow electric violinist Ben Lee to form the world leading electric violin duo, FUSE.
Linzi’s musical career reaches back to when she first picked up a violin at the age of 4. Linzi began playing the acoustic violin at the Suzuki Violin School; it is held in high regard as one of the premiere academies for the violin. The school is especially well-known for its unique, non-traditional approach – this helped Linzi to blossom musically from a very young age.
Around the age of eight, Linzi moved to a more traditional musical education. Having learned to play the violin by ear using Susuki method the next stage in the education was to read music, while at the same time adding the piano and the clarinet to her repertoire.
It was around the same time that Linzi was getting ready for the entrance exam for the Royal College of Music, an unexpected opportunity presented itself, and propelled Linzi into the realms of a recording artist. A duo of music moguls heard about a teenage Linzi during a period of studio sessions in London. With Linzi’s violin prowess and beautiful looks it was an easy decision, they asked Linzi to perform vocals and electric violin for their spin-off group Tattoo of Pain.
Chart success followed and this led to Linzi signing record deals with US-based Never Records, along with EMI an Avex.
“I played in some amazing countries. I found myself hanging out with The Cult and Killing Joke and I thought, ‘This is it! This is what I’m meant to do in life,’” Linzi explained, adding, “Those record deals brought early success, but there I still something missing, something different. So I started on the path into more contemporary, rocky and edgy violin music. It soon became apparent this is where I really felt home, it felt so natural – I had discovered my new passion, where I was meant to be.”
In the years that followed, Linzi created a enviable reputation for her dynamic solo electric violin shows, performing at A-list events around the world. To push the boundaries Linzi decided she needed to stretch herself and find a new partnership with a musical executive producer. In 2006, she was still flying high when she met Ben “Pitch” Lee. Lee brought tremendous technical expertise to the table.
It wasn’t long before Linzi and Ben realised the sum of the parts was far greater and the FUSE duo was formed. Then, the duo contemplated an unheard of idea: to introduce a wanting audience to a new breed of violinist and punchy sound. Something not normally associated with this traditionally classical instrument – a commercial, melodic and mainstream sound that the young and old audiences would adore.
FUSE, a unique, one-of-a-kind strings act that has rewritten the rule book, ignoring stereotypes and cliches. FUSE has played gigs across the world, adding rave reviews where ever they go.
In 2010, the Prince’s Trust asked Linzi and Ben if they would be Ambassadors, a great honour.
Linzi isn’t just famed for her unique violin artistry, she is also signed to Europe’s leading modelling agency, Models1. She recently landed a Hollywood movie soundtrack capitalizing on FUSE’s fresh approach to the electric violin, and the modern production techniques which makes the FUSE sound so ahead of their time.
Linzi currently lives in London, with one eye on Los Angeles. In her spare time, she enjoys sports, fashion, and traveling. She also loves spending time with her husband, Will Stoppard – son of playwright Sir Tom Stoppard and the UK’s favourite health expert, Dr. Miriam Stoppard OBE.