Hawaii sisters with a love for the violin share their musical talents on the national stage

Updated: Jan. 7, 2021 at 5:15 PM HST
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HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - It’s obvious to the ears of anyone who hears them play: The Guo sisters are violin virtuosos.

Ylang is 15 and Yxing is 13. Together, they put some cool in classical music.

“I like how it’s so relaxing. It suits any time. And it’s really good study music, too, because there are no words to distract you,” Ylang said.

The girls started playing the violin when they were very young with cheap instruments their dad brought home from a trip to China.

“Since they were very little, they don’t know anything else other than holding that instrument in their hands,” Vanessa Guo said, of her daughters.

They are now accomplished violinists, who can make music come to life.

“For me it’s really relaxing and it helps me calm down and express my feelings better,” Yxing said.

This week, the popular nationally-syndicated radio program and podcast “From the Top” features the Guo sisters. The show spotted them at a music camp in New York.

“It never really occurred to us that we would actually be featured ourselves one day. That’s really exciting for us,” Ylang said.

They were “From the Top” fans long before they got on the program.

“I’ve always dreamed of being on it,” Yxing said. “It’s so exciting that I’m finally on it. It’s like a dream come true.”

The girls credit their music teachers Nikki Ebisu and Iggy Jang for helping them find their voices on the violin.

When the sisters aren’t performing with the Hawaii Youth Symphony, they’re practicing and playing at home. The entire Guo family is musical.

“We play quartets with our siblings. It’s just super fun,” Yxing said.

It’s nice to know the future of classical music is in such capable hands.

To listen to their “From the Top” podcast, click here.

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