Lindsey Stirling is an American violinist, dancer, performance artist, singer and composer. She presents choreographed violin performances, both live and in music videos.
Stirling was born September 21, 1986 in Santa Ana, California. She describes her childhood as being raised in a modest household and stated "I would not trade my humble childhood years for anything else." Due to her family's financial limitations, her parents could only afford to find a violin teacher who would give her half lessons. Told by instructors that "a child isn't going to learn how to play in 15 minutes a week," her parents persisted, and at the age of five she began taking violin lessons.
Living in Gilbert, Arizona, at age sixteen, Stirling attended Mesquite High School and joined four friends in a rock band called Stomp on Melvin. As part of her experience with the group, Stirling wrote a solo violin rock song, and her performance helped her to win the state title of Arizona's Junior Miss and claim the Spirit Award in the America's Junior Miss Finals competition. Stirling was also a member of Charley Jenkins Band for about a year.
Stirling originally attended Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah to study film making. She later served as a missionary in New York City for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. A story she wrote about her mission was later published in the compilation "Do Not Attempt in Heels: Mission Stories and Advice from Sisters Who've Been There." Stirling returned to Provo in 2009 to continue studying at BYU. She moved back to Arizona in December 2012 to be with her family. In August 2015 she graduated from the BYU Marriott School of Management with a Bachelor of Science degree in recreation management. She now resides in Los Angeles.