9 reasons violinist Nemanja Radulovic is quite an exciting prospect

Serbian violinist Nemanja Radulovic is causing a huge stir on the classical scene thanks to his Slash-esque hair, his unstoppable leather trousers and his ABBA covers. We love him - and here's why you should too.

Verbier Festival 2012

1. He has fondness and respect for ABBA

And, therefore, we have fondness and respect for him. This corridor version of 'Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)' is thoroughly splendid. And watch out for the unexpected bassist stomach-reveal at the end.

 

2. This rather blistering performance of Czardas

Proof that it's not all novelty performances and hair, here's Nemanja absolutely slaying Monti's Czardas in a music shop.

 

3. He has no problem working a look

This backstage shot shows that our Nemanja is unable to appear in public without making visual impact.

 

#backstage #readytogoonstage @thesusanmanoff #tokyo #showcase #universal #japan #japantour #dg

A photo posted by Nemanja Radulović (@nemanjaraduloff) onOct 23, 2014 at 8:53am PDT

 

4. He's sparked major label interest

Radulovic has been snapped up by Deutsche Grammophon, who were quite understandably wowed by his intensity and playing. His album, Journey East, is already making waves among tastemakers thanks to its mix of Eastern European folk dances and bankable classics like the theme from Schindler's List. Obligatory EPK below: 

 

5. This is how he records albums

*weeps for lost eardrums*

 

6. From the right angle, he looks like he could be in a prog-rock band

Red hues, fugged-out focus, intense staring… anyone else think this could've been on the cover of a King Crimson album circa 1974?

 

#photo @bayram_tarakci #2012 #souvenir #red #dark

A photo posted by Nemanja Radulović (@nemanjaraduloff) onJan 12, 2015 at 11:05am PST

 

7. This is what it's like to see him live

Can any other violinist in these times of musical hardship convincingly pull off leather trousers on stage? No. No they cannot.

 

8. He has a puppy called Kroki

At least, we think it's his - it's not been in any tweets since May last year. Either way: squee.

 

9. He did this at Classic FM Live

A dazzling bit of Paganini, merging two Caprices with a bit of improv. As backstage extras go, this is pretty sweet.