In this interview Hannah Nepilova speaks to the Latvian violinist Roberts Balanas - a classically trained solo violinist who, since the start of lockdown, has been streaming his own virtuosic cover arrangements of non-classical pieces. Many have gone viral, including a cover of Elton John’s ‘I’m Still Standing’ which was reshared by Elton John himself.

Watch Elton John’s I’m Still Standing - arranged for solo violin

Watch Roberts Balanas plays Bobby Hebb on 6 string violin