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9 February 2015, 14:38
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.
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.
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?
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.
Kroki, our new family member! :-) pic.twitter.com/2EJwNmHNzl— Nemanja Radulović (@NemanjaRadulOFF) May 8, 2014
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.