Fun Video: Elton John Gives Shoutout to Royal Academy Student

Edited: June 11, 2020, 8:29 PM · By Norman Lebrecht on June 11, 2020 [Slipped Disc]

Roberts Balanas, a Baltic student in Marylebone, has come somehow to the great man’s attention:

https://www.instagram.com/tv/CBSaHgdDoX4/?utm_source=ig_embed

Elton John posted on Instagram: “I was recently sent this video by @rbalanas and I thought it was so fantastic, I just had to share it with you all. Roberts is a student at @royalacademyofmusic and put together this arrangement of ‘I’m Still Standing’ for their Regents’ event that was due to happen back in May. It’s far too good to go to waste, so I’m very glad that you recorded it and sent it to me! I hope to one day get the opportunity to meet you and see you perform in person. ?? #RAMplaysON”

Replies (5)

June 12, 2020, 2:26 PM · This is amazing
June 12, 2020, 4:13 PM · Roberts Balanas is a real showman - another memorable performance: https://www.instagram.com/p/B8iq42-A2Vl/

Note how he retunes the G string on the fly......

June 12, 2020, 4:20 PM · So cool. Gotta love that percussive sound.
June 15, 2020, 6:04 AM · What does he or his luthier do to the pegs/pegbox to make them so manageable? Or am I just so incredibly weak? (certainly the latter, I'm afraid - I really do need either adjusters or planetary - but what about the former?)
July 3, 2020, 8:57 AM · By the way, he's Latvian, not Lithuanian (My mistaken guess)


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