The Massachusetts teenager who went viral after surprising her classmates with a musical mash-up of classical violin and Lady’s Gaga’s “Applause” says she did it so her friends would, “have more classical music in their iPods.”
“I know that Lady Gaga is so powerful and popular and she has a classical music background,” 17-year-old Yuki Beppu said today on “Good Morning America.” “I believe she studied at Julliard School of Music so I thought if I could collaborate with her in some way I could get my friends to open up to classical music.”
Yuki’s creative approach — she walked into the cafeteria at her high school, Lexington High School in Lexington, Mass., and began to play — went viral after a video produced by the non-profit arts organization “From the Top” was posted on YouTube last month.
Though Yuki, who studies violin at the New England Conservatory Preparatory School, has appeared with famed violinist Yo-Yo Ma and performed for President Obama at a campaign rally, the reaction she got from her fellow classmates stood out.
“The energy and the enthusiasm was overwhelming,” she said. “I think they were more surprised when I started playing the Lady Gaga music, I mean they only know me as a classical musician so I think that was really surprising.”
“I think if I had played classical music in the same situation, I probably wouldn’t have received the same reaction,” she said.
After performing a live rendition of her Lady Gaga mash-up on “GMA,” Yuki got a surprise herself.
The teenager received four tickets to Lady Gaga’s concert next month in Boston.
“Thank you so much,” said a clearly shocked and overjoyed Yuki.