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His dynamic live performances — featuring rock-style light shows, high drama, cinematic backdrops and a perfectly sculptured, tattooed torso — have helped him forge a new concert-going audience while selling 4 million albums in 57 countries.

He's particularly big in China, having won numerous accolades including an MTV award for best debutant in the Asian market. Croatian crossover pianist Maksim Mrvica will tour Australia in September. In early YouTube versions of his breakthrough hit Croatian Rhapsody he plays bare-armed in front of female violinists, viola and double bass players who — apart from the fact they can actually play their string instruments — could have stepped out of the late Robert Palmer's hit, Addicted to Love.

And, as with Palmer, he's something of a fashion icon in the music industry, though in reverse. Whereas Palmer flouted the perceived view of a rock star by wearing suit and tie, Mrvica challenged the tuxedoed image of a concert pianist by wearing earrings, T-shirts, leather wrist straps, chunky jewellery and funky clothes.

Mrvica, 43, is now preparing for his first Australian tour. The divorced father of a teenage girl, Leeloo born to "my childhood sweetheart" is speaking from where the two of them are holidaying, his birthplace, Sibenik, on Dalmatia's stunning coastline.

Father and daughter are now based in Croatia's capital, Zagreb, and Leeloo's Tune is one of his most requested hits. But Leeloo is on summer vacation and Mrvica likes to take her back to where his musical career began. Yet Sibenik wasn't always a great place to grow up — especially if you wanted to become a professional concert pianist.

He was eight when he saw his first piano, an upright, while visiting a friend who couldn't play a chord. His aptitude for the instrument was immediately obvious. By the age of 12 Mrvica was chosen to perform Haydn's Piano Concerto with a visiting French orchestra. I knew this was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. We lived in the basement for shelter. When the bombing stopped, we'd try to live normal lives.

But war intervened. By the late s, Yugoslavia was disintegrating and would soon become a civil war battleground that would see committed some of the worst atrocities of the past 50 years. And Sibenik was on the frontline. Sibenik was close to Serbia and was attacked for the four and a half years of the war.

When the bombing stopped, we'd try to live normal lives — but then it would start again. Schools in Sibenik were shut, including the music school. But his music teacher had faith in his talent and risked her life so he could fulfil his potential. It was an escape for both of us — a little oasis when everything outside was so horrible. Marija is a very special person. She didn't get paid for doing this…". It was Sekso who persuaded Mrvica to enter his first major piano competition in Zagreb in They knew how difficult things were in Sibenik.

I won — and it's the most beautiful memory of my life because for the first time I realised I was worth something. That victory earned Mrvica a place at Zagreb's Music Academy, where he studied classical piano for five years before transferring to Budapest's Franz Liszt Academy.

Then he won first prize in Paris' legendary Nikolai Rubinstein international piano competition, which led to him studying under the Russian classical pianist Igor Lazko in Paris for two years. Then, in his late 20s, Mrvica came to the attention of veteran British rock promoter, Mel Bush who had bankrolled concerts for David Bowie, Led Zeppelin and Queen and had been looking for a crossover pianist since he'd signed the teenage crossover violinist Vanessa-Mae.

It gave him freedom to be himself. He was a teenager when got his first tattoo "when it was taboo" , and had frequently changed his hair colour and stage outfits. Who dresses him now? But mainly I go by myself. I've always liked fashion.

The Sydney Morning Herald. Maksim Mrvica is Croatia's crown prince of the crossover piano. She didn't get paid for doing this…" It was Sekso who persuaded Mrvica to enter his first major piano competition in Zagreb in If I didn't play it on a live show the audience would kill me!


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