Brand ambassador and famed violinist Vanessa-Mae was welcomed warmly at the Omega Pavilion yesterday by international journalists and media. The Olympian spoke with Omega President Stephen Urquhart about her relationship with time and her goals for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games.
“This is the greatest show on earth and to be here - with Omega - is a dream come true and I have to pinch myself sometimes to realise that I’m not only dreaming, I’m living this,” Vanessa-Mae said. “I have to say that the greats are here; I’m not here to compete against the best - I’m here to participate with the best, and that’s the real Olympic Spirit and the message of this movement,” she added when discussing her goals for the Olympics.
- From Left to Right: Omega President Stephen Urquhart, Vanessa Mae and eleven years old Elizaveta Stakhurskaya, winner of a number of major regional musical competitions in Russia.
“Obviously we chose Vanessa because we really believe she embodies the Omega values,” Mr Urquhart said. “Every Olympic Games we invite some ambassadors, and here we have an ambassador with us who is not only known as a musician but who will also participate in the Olympics and this is something very special.”
Vanessa-Mae became involved in both her hobbies – violin playing and skiing – at the age of four and quickly established herself as a musical prodigy. By the time she was 13 years old she had toured internationally and recorded three classical albums. She has gone on to single-handedly kick-start the world of Classical Crossover Music.
Describing her relationship with time, Vanessa-Mae said: “As a musician being on time when you’re playing is not always the way, to be loose gives you musicality. I’ve realised that time is basically our life - if you don’t have time you don’t frame your life. All these experiences have to be put in the perspective of time and every day, step-by-step, it’s a learning experience from bringing my experiences on skis to music and, of course, vice-versa.”