Fourteen-Year-Old Girl’s Blistering Heavy Metal Performance of Vivaldi

She is 14 years old, and apparently French. Not much else is known about this precocious young guitarist who goes by the name “Tina S” on her YouTube channel.

Tina became an Internet sensation in late May, when she posted an astonishing cover version of “Eruption,” from Van Halen’s debut album. Eddie Van Halen’s son Wolfgang was so impressed he tweeted, “I need to meet this girl!!!” Writing as “@Tina_Guitare,” the young musician replied, “I need to meet you too! Haha :))” Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres also went on Twitter and said, “This girl is incredible. If you know where she is, I want her on my show immediately.” There was no reply to that one — at least not on Twitter.

Now Tina is back with a new video, made by her teacher Renaud Louis-Servais, in which she rips through a cover of “Vivaldi Tribute,” Patrick Rondat’s speed metal adaptation of the climactic “Presto” (very fast) movement of the Baroque composer Antonio Vivaldi’s “Summer” concerto from The Four Seasons. It’s an amazing performance for a 14-year-old (although you should also see her playing classical guitar when she was nine). After watching it above you can look below for a little perspective on the music, as famed violinist Itzhak Perlman plays the same movement with a group of young musicians in a 2003 episode of the PBS show Live From Lincoln Center:

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  1. Erik says . . . | August 8, 2013 / 3:34 pm

    For listening to an “original” interpretation I find this one, by a baroque orchestra on period instruments, more suited than the Perlman version:

    http://youtu.be/ygpf6mxTUeY?t=17m40s

  2. Benz says . . . | August 8, 2013 / 3:51 pm

    That was great! If you liked that check out the Steve Vai version in the movie Crossroads and no not the the Britney Spears movie, the other one.

  3. Lafs1984 says . . . | August 8, 2013 / 4:26 pm

    fucking love it you go girl!!!!

  4. Q. says . . . | August 8, 2013 / 5:24 pm

    I think my mouth is hanging open. All I could think is: They must have speeded up the video! This is truly amazing.

  5. segundo asensio says . . . | August 8, 2013 / 5:41 pm

    muy bien Tina…

  6. radioredrafts says . . . | August 8, 2013 / 10:13 pm

    The distortion is turned up way too much for it to sound good, but technically speaking, it’s very impressive.

  7. Chris. B says . . . | August 8, 2013 / 10:53 pm

    Check out the rest of her vidoes. She can give Eddie Van Halen a run for his money.

  8. stefan a says . . . | August 9, 2013 / 8:47 am

    She’s great. I wish she’d pull back on the distortion pedal and let us here her play cleanly. She doesn’t need to hide behind it.

  9. resqspc says . . . | August 9, 2013 / 11:18 am

    The comparison to Perlman is most fitting…I wish this young woman massive success!

  10. KismetBTR (@KismetBTR) says . . . | August 9, 2013 / 6:35 pm

    I do see a few cuts in the video. She may have goofed a bit and they edited it out. Still darn good if real

  11. Easywriter says . . . | August 10, 2013 / 3:01 am

    Diddley-diddley-diddley…

  12. Alinutza says . . . | August 10, 2013 / 3:04 am

    She is from Romania. Her dad is a singer&composer Daniel Robu.

  13. Wolfgang s says . . . | August 10, 2013 / 3:18 am

    Incredable…..we should all burn our axes in salute, Says Jimi

  14. richard harper says . . . | August 10, 2013 / 5:28 am

    You might try Nigel Kennedy for a closer match of energy

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m07UTR7IrDo

    for cross over see Nigel play Hendrix in his house coat

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8AXQLQ66LeA

  15. Michael Vuister says . . . | August 10, 2013 / 6:56 am

    A beautiful spirit….. Respect,,,, and may you have a great life…..

  16. loki says . . . | August 10, 2013 / 8:03 am

    This was amazing … the fact that it has distortion to me means so much….classical music takes so much doscipline .. if vivaldi wrote the four seasons piece today ot woild probably be distorted also

  17. eddie says . . . | August 10, 2013 / 9:32 am

    impressionant de justesse et de rapidité.
    tu es un génie de la gratte Tina:):):):):)

  18. TJ says . . . | August 10, 2013 / 12:40 pm

    Awesome, to Benz, The song in Crossroads is Niccolo Paganini’s Caprice #5, not Vivaldi but still awesome :)

  19. Bev Hansson says . . . | August 10, 2013 / 10:16 pm

    wow, that was fanbloodytastic!! you rock girlfriend!! :*

  20. Alexov says . . . | August 11, 2013 / 5:27 am

    I am reminded of the incredible Dr Viossi and his guitar playing, in this style, of the last and very fast third movement of Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata. That’s easy to find on youtube and will blow your mind, just like this piece. We’re all familiar with the first movement but the third is better by miles.

  21. David says . . . | August 11, 2013 / 5:57 am

    Its the bored teenager look that gets me! Wonderful stuff.

  22. Mike says . . . | August 11, 2013 / 8:36 pm

    Please. Her sloppy playing is hidden by all that distortion and echo. I’d like to see just one video of her playing something cleanly. I’ll bet it would sound terrible.

  23. Alex says . . . | August 11, 2013 / 10:46 pm

    her performance was perfect. I agree with Mike Springer. why is Mike being such an ass?

  24. Cipopus says . . . | August 12, 2013 / 12:45 am

    She can put the distortion a little bit lower. maybe in a Paul Gilbert style. Her virtuosity can afford cleaner sound. But she is incredible! Bravo! @ Alinutza – Really, is she from Romania? Can you prove it?

  25. Henry Mu says . . . | August 12, 2013 / 2:41 am

    She’s so much better than I have ever been or ever will be on any instrument, but there are lots of very talented kids out there, many with similar chops. It’s great that she’s working on her skills, but this ain’t “blisterin’” or particularly original.

  26. Keith says . . . | August 12, 2013 / 6:16 am

    Tremendous!

  27. Ray Aron's says . . . | August 12, 2013 / 7:32 am

    Just watch her fingering and how masterful she works the keyboard. Perfect posture. Marvelous!!!

  28. Robin McMullen says . . . | August 12, 2013 / 7:53 am

    Her virtuosity leaves me breathless. If she wants it, she has a brilliant career just waiting.

  29. Roy Lesher says . . . | August 12, 2013 / 1:17 pm

    Wonderful and so exemplary for all children to encourage them to achieve and excel at whatever they wish. The sky is the limit.

  30. Peter Cook says . . . | August 12, 2013 / 1:36 pm

    Fantastic stuff – there’s no stopping her from here.

    …but can she play “Fiscal Cliff”? :-)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DfTgzMwq8CY

  31. David Hasbury-Snogles says . . . | August 12, 2013 / 4:49 pm

    This girl has amazing talent and yes the sound is a little distorted in parts, but I love the way they have combined the modern electric guitar with renowned classical music – brilliant!

  32. Jeff says . . . | August 13, 2013 / 5:21 pm

    Nice! What’s with all the haters? She’s only 14! By the time she’s 21 she’ll be amazing if she sticks with it. Probably more talented than some of the “critics”

  33. Wayne says . . . | August 14, 2013 / 3:33 am

    Amazing…don’t ever stop…absorb any criticism with humour..there will always be critics but you are way above them, and always will be….keep on rocking girl..you have it all!

  34. John says . . . | August 15, 2013 / 11:43 pm

    Encredible…

  35. sam says . . . | August 16, 2013 / 2:11 am

    I would like to see a video with Venetian scenes.My,this is quite poignant when one ponders that this is music of Venice created by Vivaldi who worked for many years in a girls school for orphans there and taught young women just like our performer here to play his music;its an interesting connection over some three hundred years.here the music is transcribed in a very immediate fashion,conveying all of the original fire and bravura. Brava;Brava Bravisima!

  36. Ben says . . . | August 16, 2013 / 2:24 am

    I has a lot of power, that’s for sure. Btw., I heard this performed in Vivaldi’s church in Venice when I was there in July.

  37. kathy says . . . | August 20, 2013 / 6:18 pm

    elle est phénoménale

  38. Jeff says . . . | August 23, 2013 / 8:51 am

    Hey where is Simone cowell you should listen to here

  39. David Andrew Howard says . . . | September 20, 2013 / 5:32 pm

    I’ve worked with guitars half my life and you won’t get better than that.

  40. Eileen Batson says . . . | September 21, 2013 / 5:48 am

    Awesome! and with a flat pick !!

  41. Srbija says . . . | January 20, 2014 / 11:27 am
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