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Yes, I would say the kid is very obedient and has excellent powers of concentration. Add that to the usual 5 year old's amazing ability to memorise (in my experience you only need to show them something once) and this is what you get. The technique here, as I said, is beyond him though. Maybe some Mozart?

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A lot of kids who get into piano playing wouldn't become a professional. It's questionable how many would get into piano because of their own interest and how many started because of their parents. A friend of the family once brought the 2 sons over. A was in Suzuki piano and B was in violin who played duets in our living room. Both ended up with different career choices.

They grew up a few years before the Internet took off. Today we're finding a lot more Suzuki and other students who share their music online. There are probably a lot of people like J Ho in the past. When everybody is online, we're seeing many more of them. Many people including myself shared music with those who participated in a PW quarterly recital.

In my school days I played violin out of convenience when my sister started. We shared a teacher and an instrument. We also shared the lack of progress. Although she did choose the instrument on her own, we both travelled without a roadmap. There was no expectation the kind of pieces we'd be playing and how far we would go.

Once I listened to a young prodigy Ryan Wang from Vancouver, Canada on TV. I've never been to his piano recitals until 2 years ago when he came to town at age 9. He was featured in a news broadcast performing a piece for an elderly lady in a senior home on her request. He doesn't have many recordings online but already well known within the local Chinese community. His performances can easily fill a small auditorium.

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One of my teachers was an ex concert pianist, trained in russian conservatory. She had a grown up son who was playing the piano at a very high level. She obviously pushed him a lot to become pro and he was spending a lof of time on the piano.

When he reached 18 or 20, he was so fed up with the whole of it that he dropped the piano and eventually became a computer engineer. I was very close with my teacher and she was really devastated that she completely messed it up. So pushing kids sometimes works out and sometimes it just spoils their youth. Difficult to be a parent !

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Originally Posted by chopin_r_us
Yes, I would say the kid is very obedient and has excellent powers of concentration. Add that to the usual 5 year old's amazing ability to memorise (in my experience you only need to show them something once) and this is what you get. The technique here, as I said, is beyond him though. Maybe some Mozart?
Ok - here's a very difficult Mozart sonata played by the same kid at age 9.

https://youtu.be/GzNw7qgNWpM


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What a shame. That's just poor teaching!

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Originally Posted by chopin_r_us
What a shame. That's just poor teaching!
Well yes, that, plus this is one of the most technically challenging Mozart sonatas. He should be playing a much easier one at this stage of his development.


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He's fine with it. It's the mechanical bashing that needs attention. He plays it like Czerny on caffeine.

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A little Lang Lang goes a lang way! smile

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I don't think anybody clicking on the link expected a 5-year-old kid to play with the seasoned maturity of a 60-year-old Arthur Rubinstein. To just see someone that young get the keys pressed down at a reasonable tempo and without mistakes is miracle enough.
I don't expect that, but I expect to see a 5 years old kid is enjoying to play a piano, or he is sad to play a piano because he wants to do something else....
I cannot imagine his emotional development after 10 years. For me, the emotion is the most essential part for any art. Just for this, LL's case is completely different, he kept the emotional part.(I am not a fan of LL)
In many cases, a 5 years old kid can play in this way today, it is due to his parents decision: take the time for piano practice instead to play mud in the park. For me, this is very sad to see that.
Even worse, I saw similar cases in the real world....

Most if not all of you did not see this video of little Jonah at 3 plinking out Do-Re-Mi from Sound of Music on a toy piano. There's video of Nobuyuki Tsujii doing the same thing about the same age. It's pretty obvious this is not a case of a parent chaining a kid to a piano. I think Jonah genuinely loves piano. Time will tell if he has what it takes to become a successful concert artist.



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Many people including myself had a battery-operated plastic toy keyboard. Many would not become a pro musician. I didn't get into serious piano playing until much later as an adult.

It's interesting to debate whether toy keyboards would spark children's interest in serious piano playing later in life. Having a cheap keyboard even ones with a songbook in the box can give a child hours of fun. But taking lessons with a teacher and regular practice require a lot of commitment and money from the parents.

I recently got a portable "folding 88" keyboard for traveling for about US$100. It's cheap but nonetheless has 88 keys that allows me to play intermediate level pieces. It's not a keyboard with rainbow color buttons for kids but not a high-end instrument with weighted keys.

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just very personal taste: I prefer how Alexandra Dovgan plays when she was 9 years old.





If you really like little Mozarts, you may find many in Mira Marchenko's class


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Many of us are fascinated by young prodigies (baby Einstein or young Mozart). You see them regularly on TV in shows like "America's Got Talent" or "Britain's Got Talent". Social media allows total beginners and advanced players to perform side-by-side.

Once there was a YouTube video featuring a "3 yr. old violinist" from Korea presumably. The repertoire isn't advanced or out of the ordinary. She played the "Twinkle Variations" out of the the Suzuki Book 1 in her first recital with a music teacher as the piano accompaniment. Within a year, the video generated over 1M views with 1000+ comments. What made this young lady's performance go viral when thousands of Suzuki students go through the same Suzuki Book 1 recital every year?

The video of young Akim Camara at 3 playing violin with André Rieu is always fascinating to watch over & over:



There are some average performances. People started not too long ago who are not seated properly and with hands in awkward positions are featured in Piano Marvel competition videos:

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To be fair and specific Lang Lang did not win the Tchaikovsky Competition that Van Cliburn won but the one for young artists.

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To be fair and specific Lang Lang did not win the Tchaikovsky Competition that Van Cliburn won but the one for young artists.
Lang Lang never entered any adult piano competition.

BTW, the youngest ever winner of the Tchaikovsky Competition is Grigory Sokolov at 16.


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Grigory Sokolov has not disappointed those judges.

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