COULD the BSO's new Artist-in-Residence, Nemanja Radulovic, have enjoyed a more rapturous reception?

Almost certainly not.

After a quite astonishing solo performance on Khachaturian's Violin Concerto, he was greeted with thunderous applause, wild cheers and foot-stomping by the very appreciative audience.

And deservedly so. The 31-year-old Serb was outstanding, displaying one amazing technical feat after another and showing exactly why he has taken the world of classical music by storm.

At the end of the piece, Radulovic and the BSO's Chief Conductor, Kirill Karabits embraced warmly and the violinist patted his heart while taking an extended bow.

It's another wonderful triumph for the BSO to have secured the services of yet another extraordinary young talent.

As someone once said at the end of a movie, it could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

The concerto draws on folk inspiration from Khachaturian's homeland, hence the evening being titled Fireworks from Armenia.

The piece, wonderfully performed, haunts, spellbinds and roars.

The evening began shortly and sweetly and in lively fashion with Karayev's uplifting and joyful Seven Beauties Waltz, redolent of Khachaturian's Masquerade Waltz.

The second half was taken up with Tchaikovsky's Suite delightful and beautiful Suite No 3, the most widely performed of his four and a piece that cannot fail to elicit a huge smile not least with its rousing extended finale with 12 variations.

From Azerbaijan to Russia via Armenia in the company of a Ukrainian conductor and a Serbian violinist. A firecracker of a concert in Poole.

•After the concert, Kirill Karabits signed copies of the Daily Echo's new hardback book, 'From 1893 to the World.'

"I have never signed anything in all my time in Poole," he said. "It is a great book."