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Anime Themes via World-Class Violin

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Violinist Ayako Ishikawa has earned an incredible amount of fame through her inspired performances, releasing CD after CD as she tours the world.

She's also the winner of a number of prestigious competitions like the Tokyo, Kanagawa and Chiba sections at the Japan Classical Competition in 2000, as well as the Australian Musician’s Academy Award in 2001, and was voted the Best Performer of 2003 at Australia's National Overall Instrumental Winner’s Concert.

This talented performer is also especially popular within the anime and gaming communities for her amazing covers of different opening and ending themes.

We’ve picked out a few of our favorites, so if you’re a fan of the strings, then enjoy some of these rocking covers!

Above we've already had "Genesis of Aquarion" from Genesis of Aquarion, "Hanamaru Pippi wa Yoi Ko Dake" ("The Hanamaru Whistle is Only for Good Kids") from Osomatsu-san—as well as "Senbonzakura," which isn't strictly an anime theme itself, but was created for Vocaloid idols Kurousa-P and Hatsune Miku.

If you're looking for more violin-anime fusion, here we have "Connect" from Puella Magi Madoka Magica...

..."A Cruel Angel’s Thesis" from Neon Genesis Evangelion...

...The theme from Hayao Miyazaki's Laputa: Castle in the Sky...

...And "Only My Railgun" from A Certain Scientific Railgun.

If you want to see more of these incredible violin covers, check out Ishikawa’s YouTube channel and official site! You can also follow her on Twitter for some behind-the-scenes pictures!

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