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Small question in music domain: if, for example, you have been hearing a wonderfull concert from a russian master player, can you tell him "молодец" or is it too familiar? Or, in this context, is it okay?

EDIT: INFO: I finally asked a russian friend. She said it was informal, and used for someone well-known, or if not for someone hierarchically inferior... So "молодец" is obviously not a neutral expression! Thanks a lot to all for your help!

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I'd say it is not the best choice. "Молодец" has a slightly patronizing tone: it is OK to use it to your children and friends, maybe colleagues and subordinates.

However, if an adult person is not your friend/colleague and/or especially if you are in no position to judge their work (if you hear a concert from a virtuoso, chance is the guy is a much better critic of their own work)... then "Вы молодец" may express your affection but even with polite "Вы" it will still sound slightly out of place.

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"Молодец" will be okay almost in every situation, and here too. It is one of the most universal words. For musicians you can also use "виртуоз".

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