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PUBLISHED:11:13 EST, 9 August 2012| UPDATED: 14:47 EST, 9 August 2012

A Utah student is taking the world's preconceived notions of traditional violin music, and giving it a substantial make-over.

In just one year, the self-proclaimed 'hip-hop violinist', Lindsey Stirling, has gone from a virtually unknown America's Got Talent contestant to a self made YouTube star, accumulating over 110million views on her dozen original songs.


The 25-year-old's dub-step video, Crystallize, has received more than 23million views in the past five months, becoming the most-watched video in YouTube’s music category, and in just six days, her most recent video has seen more than 700,000 views.

Despite making the quarterfinals of the widely reached and successful show America's Got Talent in 2010, she says her success remained unchanged until she turned to YouTube a year later.

'YouTube did more for me than America’s Got Talent. I realized there’s something to this,' she told BYU magazine

Now, her YouTube channel, lindseystomp, has more than 650,000 subscribers, with millions of viewers going online to watch her leap and pirouette as she aggressively plays the violin in breathtaking settings from New Zealand to Africa.

America's own answer to super violinist Vanessa Mae; the Brigham Young University student began playing violin at just five years old.

YouTube hit: The violinist credits YouTube for her success

But because of financial constraints her parents were unable afford full violin lessons; instead they tried to find a teacher who would give her half lessons.

Miss Sterling said: 'The teachers were like, "I'm sorry, but a child isn't going to learn how to play ... in 15 minutes a week."'

An instructor eventually relented, and the youngster's music instruction began. By the time she reached high-school, she began to experiment with other musical genres, and joined her first rock band, Stomp on Melvin, at 16.

She said: 'There are very few things that I love more than being on stage and performing, but more than anything, I want to be a positive role model for teenage girls.

'Through my unique style of playing, I want to prove that you don't have to conform to be accepted. The greatest value comes from loving yourself for who you are.


'A lot of people have told me along the way that my style and the music I do . . . is unmarketable. But the only reason I’m successful is because I have stayed true to myself.'