Steven Tsitsos Into the West

Sometimes people are destined to be who they are. Steven Tsitsos is a fine example of this phenomenon. At ten years old, the violinist convinced his parents to commute 1,600 kilometers, round trip, to Winnipeg from his native Thompson, Manitoba in order to take piano and violin lessons. By the age of 11, he was enrolled in the Royal Conservatory Music. Today, the 22-year-old has released his debut album, a collection of re-imagined violin arrangements of classic American spaghetti western scores, including Ennio Morricone's "The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly (theme)" and "For a Fistful of Dollars." For fans of the film genre, Tsitsos' Into the West will no doubt be a hit. For those unfamiliar, it's a great introduction to the music of America's favourite spaghetti westerns. For the rest of you, it's just a great listen. (Independent)