updated 08/25/2015 AT 8:16 PM ET
•originally published 02/23/2014 AT 1:45 PM ET
Sochi’s closing ceremony referenced Russia’s proud history of composition by having piano virtuoso Denis Matsuev emerge from a cloud of smoke and blast through a Rachmaninov composition like he was playing Metallica.
It was amazing.
Matsuev was surrounded by a crowd of dancers in white wigs pushing pianos of their own, and his energetic, speedy rendition of Rachmaninov’s piano concerto No. 2 was an incredible display of virtuosity from the 38-year-old.
Here’s Matsuev switching gears and playing some Duke Ellington.
Keep your eyes peeled for his showcase performance during the closing ceremony when it airs in primetime Sunday on NBC.
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