Violinist to put a ‘twist’ on classical in the Set

A ‘RAGS to riches’ violinist who came to Ireland in 2004, started busking on Grafton Street and eventually secured a record deal is coming to Langton’s Set Theatre on October 20.

A ‘RAGS to riches’ violinist who came to Ireland in 2004, started busking on Grafton Street and eventually secured a record deal is coming to Langton’s Set Theatre on October 20.

Known simply as Vladimir, the Slovak violinist will be on tour coinciding with the release of his Classical Twist: The Album, which comes out on Friday.

Featuring Slovak and Irish musicians (two violins, viola, piano, bass and drums), on the album: “Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake sees the swans flying down to Rio for the carnival, the Rolling Stones’ Paint It Black is resprayed as a red-hot gypsy mazurka and Lynryd Skynrd’s Freebird takes flight into stratospheric regions previously uncharted. Sparkling champagne arrangements are poured into familiar bottles from the Strauss, Brahms and Dvorak cellars; whilst newer vintages from Messrs Morrison, McCartney and Bowie receive the full Vladimir ‘classical twist’. The album also includes two dramatic new pieces from Vladimir’s arranger and pianist Adam Kuruc.”

Vladimir Jablokov started playing the violin aged five, making his stage debut at age of 10 – and coming from four generations of professional music makers, with a Russian maestro for a father and five musical siblings.

Tickets are e15.