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LIZSTS | 5 Amazing Child Prodigies

By Michael Vincent on June 22, 2016

There is something miraculous when exceptional talent emerges in a child. There is even a special word for it — prodigy — which some comes with as much expectations, as much as it does wonderment.

Sujari Britt www.sujaribritt.com
Sujari Britt www.sujaribritt.com

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At nine, Alma Deutscher has an impressive career ahead of her. Not only is she an accomplished violinist, but she is also a talented composer. This video show’s Deutscher performing the third movement (Allegro vivace e scherzando) of her own concerto for violin and orchestra. If that doesn’t impress you, she’d also premiered her first opera, Cinderella, with conductor Zubin Mehta. Yeah.. wow, right.

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Sujari Britt, who was just in Toronto this past April, has been performing publically since she was eight years old. Before taking up the cello, she played the piano, violin, and guitar. But after seeing Yo-Yo Ma, she knew this was the instrument she was mean to play. Today, at age 14, she is finishing her second year at the Manhattan School of Music. Here she plays Elgar’s Concerto in E Minor in recital.

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Six-year-old Joshua Han was born in Sydney and was introduced to the piano to accompany his violinist mother. This same year that this video was filmed of him performing Chopin’s knuckle–busting Etudes, he won first prize in Piano at the Sydney Eisteddfod. Joshua is presently a full music scholarship student of The King’s School. Inspiring!

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Russian-born harpist Alisa Sadikova is a jaw-dropping sight. The “harp genius” made her Carnegie Hall debut at just seven, and a few years later was accepted to study at the legendary St Petersburg’s State Conservatory. This video shows her dazzling virtuosity though The Fountain, by Marcel L. Grandjany.

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Tsung Tsung is five-years-old and hails from Hong Hong. He has been studying with his piano teacher Yau Sai-kit, for just two years. The video shows him performing (with an infection and playful grin) a rapid-fire version of Bach Partita No.6 in E minor, BWV 830. The video has since gone viral, and made this little guy an internet star! Watch-out Valentina Lisitsa, there’s a new YouTuber in town.

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Michael Vincent is Publisher of Ludwig Van. He publishes regularly and writes occasionally. He has worked as a senior editor over fifteen years and is a former freelance classical music critic for the Toronto Star. Michael holds a Doctorate in Music from the University of Toronto.
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