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list of music , young children (at or under age 12) who displayed a talent in music deemed to make them competitive with skilled adult musicians. The list is sorted by genre and instrument. prodigies
Classical [ edit ]
[1 ] Notes
Beverly Sills 12
Won on Major Bowes' Amateur Hour for the week of October 26, 1939, performed
Gilbert and Sullivan by 16
Julie Andrews 12
Sang at the
London Hippodrome. [2 ]
Sujatha Mohan 10
Performed as Baby Sujatha in the 1970s. Regularly sang with
K. J. Yesudas in his stage shows. She recorded her first song, "Kannezhuthy Pottuthottu" when she was in the sixth standard. She debuted in Tamil through the song "Kaadhal Oviyam Kandein" from Kavikuyil (1977). She completed more than 2000 stage shows before her 18th age.
M. Balamuralikrishna 8
A prodigy vocalist and composer who had composed in all 72 melakartha ragas by the age of fifteen.
Kumar Gandharva 12
Aria Tesolin 8
Sang Habanera from Carmen by Bizet and Libiamo ne' lieti calici from La Traviata by Verdi with Canada's Three Tenors at Mel Lastman Square, Toronto, on August 3, 2002
Jackie Evancho 10
2nd place on
at age 10, America's Got Talent [5 ] and, still aged 10, the youngest solo artist ever to release a platinum-selling album. [6 ] [7 ] At age 11, Evancho also became the youngest artist ever to debut in the UK in the top 5, [8 ] the youngest person ever to have a special on the PBS [9 ] Great Performances television series, and the youngest person ever to sing a solo concert at [10 ] Lincoln Center. [5 ]
Piano and organ [ edit ]
[1 ] Notes
Charles-Valentin Alkan Piano
At the age of seven, he won a first prize for solfège and prizes in piano, harmony, and organ;
Luigi Cherubini, director of the Conservatoire, described his technique and ability as extraordinary
Martha Argerich Piano
Orchestral debut at age six
Claudio Arrau Piano
Could read notes before letters
Daniel Barenboim Piano
Vincenzo Bellini Piano
Began studying music theory at two, the piano at three, and by the age of five could apparently play well
Georges Bizet Piano
Entered the Paris Conservatory at age nine
Victor Borge Piano
Won a full scholarship to the Royal Danish Music Conservatory at age nine
Ethan Bortnick Piano
Perfect pitch at age 3, Composing at age 5, First Sold out headline Concert at age 6, Orchestral debut at age 8 with the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra. Youngest
PBS National Concert headliner and Certified by Guinness World Records as the Youngest Headline Artist. Coincidentally was born a few hours after the death of Victor Borge and possessing the same humor and comedic timing. [15 ] [16 ] [17 ] [18 ] [19 ]
Lili Boulanger Piano, violin, cello, harp
Attended Louis Vierne's organ classes at the Paris Conservatoire at age six
Frédéric Chopin Piano
Georges Cziffra Piano
Entered the Franz Liszt Academy at age nine, after some four years performing in a traveling circus
Glenn Gould Piano
[22 ] Attended
The Royal Conservatory of Music (Toronto) at age 10; passing his final Conservatory examination in piano with the "highest marks of any candidate"; attaining "professional standing as a pianist" at age 12 [23 ]
Horacio Gutiérrez Piano
First piano recital at age four. Orchestral debut at age 11 with the Havana Symphony.
Josef Hofmann Piano
Leslie Howard Piano
Perfect pitch, and ability to recall anything by ear, first cited in The Herald, Melbourne, when he was 5 years old. Aged 5, he performed for Fox Movietone News, and at aged 9 on Australian national television. His mature début as a pianist came at the age of 13, with
Rachmaninoff's Second Piano Concerto.
Evgeny Kissin Piano
Entered music school at age six
Elizaveta Klyuchereva Piano
Entered the Moscow Conservatory music school at age six
Franz Liszt Piano
Performed first major concert at age eleven
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Piano, violin
One of the most prolific composers of the
Classical Era [29 ]
Sergei Prokofiev Piano
Composed an opera at age nine
Camille Saint-Saëns Piano
Gave his first public recital at age five
Clara Isabella Siegle Piano
Studied under Irish-born mother from age four. Prize-winner in Nurnberg from 2007 to 2015.
Dimitris Sgouros Piano
First public recital at age seven; Carnegie Hall debut at age twelve with
Rachmaninoff's Third Piano Concerto [31 ]
Strings [ edit ]
[1 ] Notes
Linda Brava Violin
Worldwide tours at age eight, leader of the prestigious Helsinki Juniorstrings at thirteen
[32 ] [33 ]
George Bridgetower Violin
Guila Bustabo Violin
Performed with the Chicago Symphony at age 9; made Carnegie Hall debut at age 15
Akim Camara Violin
Performed "Schneeflöckchen, Weißröckchen" with the Marzahn Hellersdorf School of Music at age 2; with Andre Rieu at the Waldbühne at age 3; with Andre Rieu at Radio City Music Hall at age 5;
with Wolfgang Fischer at age 6 & Richard Clayderman at age 7 (2009). [34 ] [35 ]
Sarah Chang Violin
Started performing at age 5, auditioned for the Juilliard School at age 6 and professional debut came when she performed Paganini's Violin Concerto No. 1 with the New York Philharmonic at age 8. Recorded her first studio album called "Debut" at age 9. Has performed with most major international orchestras by age 11.
Jacqueline du Pré Cello
Midori Goto Violin
Ryu Goto Violin
Ida Haendel Violin
Prizewinner in Henryk Wieniawski International Violin Competition at age six
Jascha Heifetz Violin
Brianna Kahane Violin
Performed in her first concert when she was six. Started at New York's Julliard School at age nine.
Mayuko Kamio Violin
Koh Gabriel Kameda Violin
Orchestral debut at thirteen performed the violin concerto No. 5 by Henri Vieuxtemps with the Baden-Baden Philharmonic Orchestra
Apollinaire de Kontski Violin
Appeared in public at the age of four, playing a concerto by
Pierre Rode. [44 ]
Rachel Lee Violin
She has studied at the
Juilliard School since age 8
Thomas Linley the Younger Violin
(earliest recorded performance) Born the same year as Mozart; the two met in Italy and became friends
Yo-Yo Ma Cello
Performed for audiences at 5; performed for
John F. Kennedy at 7; appeared on TV at 8
Yehudi Menuhin Violin
Anne Akiko Meyers Violin
Maria Milanollo Violin
Learned violin as a toddler with elder sister
Teresa. Debuted age 6 and toured Europe as a duo with Teresa. Nicknamed "Madamoiselle Staccato" for her liveliness. Untimely death 1848 (age 16).
Teresa Milanollo Violin
Learned violin from age 4, debut age 9. Tutors:
Lafont, Habeneck, de Bériot. Admired by Berlioz, Chopin, Johann Strauss the Elder, Liszt, Meyerbeer. Gave scores of acclaimed concerts throughout Europe in major halls and royal courts, both solo and as duo with younger sister Maria, whom she coached. Nicknamed "Mademoiselle Adagio" for her seriousness.
Stefan Milenković Violin
First international award at age seven
Alma Moodie Violin
Entered Brussels Conservatory at age 9; premiered concertos by
Kurt Atterberg, Hans Pfitzner and Ernst Krenek [47 ]
Anne-Sophie Mutter Violin
David Oistrakh Violin
Gregor Piatigorsky Cello
Moscow Conservatory at age eleven; headed a quartet at age fifteen [49 ]
Michael Rabin Violin
Could "keep beat" at age one
Carnegie Hall debut age 13 [50 ] [51 ]
Florizel von Reuter Violin
Geneva Conservatory at age 11, 1901 [52 ]
Ruggiero Ricci Violin
Began international tours at age fourteen
Clara Rockmore Violin,
Entered the Imperial Conservatory at age five, the youngest ever student
Henriett Seth F. Contrabass
Gave up creative music career altogether at age 13
Oscar Shumsky Violin
Began studying the violin at 3. Made his first concerts at 4. Began his orchestral career as a soloist under the baton of Leopold Stokowski at 7. Played for Kreisler his own candenzas to the Beethoven violin concerto after having memorized them by ear while attending two concerts of the Viennese master at 8. Was Leopold Auer's youngest pupil ever (8). Was able to play the piano, violin and viola at a professional level.
[56 ] [57 ] [58 ]
Leo Smith Cello
Frank Peter Zimmermann Violin
[1 ] Notes
Julian Bliss Clarinet
Began playing the clarinet at the age of 4. Currently a virtuoso touring musician. Has played for British royalty.
Raphael Severe Clarinet
Played Mozart clarinet concerto in China only three years after starting to learn the clarinet.
Mimi Stillman Flute
Youngest wind player accepted to Curtis Institute of Music; two years after debut in Boston.
Georges Gillet Oboe
Was accepted into the
Conservatoire de Paris within a year of beginning to play the oboe—graduated with a premier prix at age 15. [63 ]
Composing and conducting [ edit ]
[64 ] Notes
Juan Crisóstomo Arriaga (1806–1826) Composer
Composed a two-act opera at age thirteen
Samuel Barber (1910–1981) Composer, conductor
Attempted an opera at age ten; attended the
Curtis Institute of Music at age fourteen [66 ]
Georges Bizet (1838–1875) Composer
Paris Conservatoire at age ten [67 ]
Frédéric Chopin Composer
Began concerts and polonaises at age seven; attained notability by age fifteen
Alma Deutscher (born 2005) Composer, violinist, pianist
Sonata in E-flat by Alma in 2011 followed by her short opera The Sweeper of Dreams in 2012. [69 ]
Ruth Gipps Composer
Morton Gould Composer, conductor
Jay Greenberg (born 1991) Composer
Juilliard School at age ten; composed five symphonies by age twelve [72 ]
Erich Wolfgang Korngold Composer, conductor
Rued Langgaard Composer, organist
Composed his first symphony (60 minutes duration) at the age of 14
Lorin Maazel (1930–2014) Conductor
Frederik Magle (born 1977) Composer, organist, pianist
[76 ] [77 ]
Felix Mendelssohn Composer, conductor
Gian Carlo Menotti Composer
Composed first opera at age eleven
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
His first compositions were Andante (K. 1a) and Allegro (K. 1b)
Olli Mustonen (born 1967)
Composed a Divertimento for piano and orchestra at the age of 12, and his piano concerto at the age of 14.
Niccolò Paganini Composer, violinist
Alex Prior (born 1992) Composer, conductor
Henry Purcell (1659(?) – 1695) Composer, organist, choir master
A great composer, unsurpassed in England for 200 years.
Josef Rheinberger (1839–1901) Composer
Hochschule für Musik und Theater München at age twelve [85 ]
Nino Rota (1911–1979) Composer
Composed an oratorio at the age of 10, conducting performances in Italy and Paris.
Julian Scriabin (1908–1919) Composer
Wilhelm Stenhammar (1871–1927) Composer, pianist
Composed his first piano sonata at the age of 9, the next at 10.
Edgard Varèse Composer, conductor
Composed first opera at age 12.
Non-classical genres [ edit ]
Bagpipes [ edit ]
John Burgess began playing at the age of four before turning professional at the age of sixteen. He was known as the 'King Of The Highland Pipers'.
Country and bluegrass [ edit ]
Folk and world music [ edit ]
Jazz and jazz-fusion [ edit ]
Joey Alexander: At the age of six he could play Theolonious Monk by ear on the piano.
Shelly Berg: Entered the Cleveland Institute of Music at age six; was a professional musician at age thirteen [104 ]
Andy Bey: He played at clubs at 5, By age 12 he performed at the Apollo Theater with Louis Jordan and had his first recording. [105 ] [106 ]
Bix Biederbecke: Self-taught piano and cornet player, learning the first at a particularly young age (playing with his hands overhead while standing). Article written about him in Davenport (Iowa) newspaper at age 7, and went on to great fame before dying probably of alcoholism at age 28.
Francesco Cafiso: He worked with Franco D'Andrea at age 11 or 12. [107 ]
Terri Lyne Carrington: Awarded a full scholarship to Berklee College of Music at age eleven [108 ]
Dennis Chambers: began playing drums at age three, was professional at 9, was an 'in demand' drummer on the NYC music scene at the age of 14, and was a member of Parliament-Funkadelic at the age of 18.
Cyrus Chestnut: Entered the Peabody Institute at age nine [109 ]
Cy Coleman: Played in Carnegie Hall at age seven [110 ]
Eldar Djangirov: "Discovered" at age nine; became the youngest musician to appear on Piano Jazz at age twelve; released his first CD at age fourteen [111 ]
Taylor Eigsti: Opened for David Benoit at age eight and played with Dave Brubeck at age twelve [112 ]
Herbie Hancock: Performed on piano with the Chicago symphony at age eleven; began playing jazz later in college [113 ]
Biréli Lagrène: Won a Gypsy music festival in Strasbourg at age eight and performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival at thirteen.
Lucciano Pizzichini: Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 2000, Lucciano emigrated with his parents at 11 months. Learned on a one-string guitar at age 2, began reading notes and playing simple folk songs and classical pieces by Carcassi at age 3. By age 4, he was formally reading notation and playing classical guitar pieces. By age 6, Lucciano completed the first guitar method book from the Berklee School of Music, and various classical guitar techniques. Received publicity in Florida while playing many classic rock songs professionally with his father, Adrian Pizzichini, By age 7, Lucciano was playing intricate pieces by Joe Pass and Pat Martino. At age 8, was the youngest musician to be endorsed by Gibson Guitars.
Buddy Rich: Began playing drums at 18 months old; was a bandleader by age eleven [115 ]
Sugar Chile Robinson: A pianist in the jazz subgenre of boogie-woogie, he had his first public performance at the age of 3; he retired from active performing at age 13. [116 ]
Hilton Ruiz: Performed at Carnegie Recital Hall at age eight; played in an accordion symphony at age nine [117 ] [118 ]
Tony Royster Jr: Began playing drums at the age of 3. He is known for winning the Guitar Center National Drum-Off competition Hollywood in 1995 (at the age of 11). He frequently tours with rapper Jay Z as part of his live band.
Consuelo Velázquez: Began playing at age four; performed piano concerto at age six; [119 ] wrote [120 ] Bésame Mucho at age sixteen
Mary Lou Williams: Taught herself piano before age five; played professionally by age thirteen [121 ]
Keith Jarrett: Pianist
Tony Williams: Drummer, performed professionally at age 13, released debut at age 18, performed with Miles Davis at age 17, was a key pioneer in jazz-fusion at age 23.
Post-war genres [ edit ]
R&B, soul, and funk [ edit ]
Michael Jackson: Joined his older siblings in the Jackson 5 at age five; his dancing, singing and performing abilities soon surpassed his older siblings; He had his first No.1 as a solo artist at age 13, and his first No.1 (as the lead singer of the Jackson 5) at age 11. [122 ]
Booker T. Jones: Keyboardist for Booker T and the M.G's was proficient at organ, piano, oboe, saxophone, and trombone by the age of 10. He began playing as a professional session musician at 16.
Gladys Knight: Began performing at age four; won on the Original Amateur Hour at age seven; toured at age eight [123 ]
Stevie Wonder: Skilled at multiple instruments early; signed to Motown at age eleven; first U.S. number-one hit at age thirteen. [124 ]
Bernie Worrell: Originally classically trained; wrote a concerto at age eight. [125 ]
Victor Wooten: Bela Fleck's bassist, started playing funk-bass at 3.
Sugar Chile Robinson: Won talent contests as singer and pianist from age 3, performed and recorded as a child with Lionel Hampton, Count Basie and others
Barry White: Played piano on Jesse Belvin's 1956 hit, " Goodnight My Love", at the age of 12.
Billy Preston: Began singing and playing organ in church at the age of 3, played organ for gospel musicians Mahalia Jackson and James Cleveland before he was 10, sang with Nat King Cole on his nationally televised show at 11, appeared in a movie playing a young W.C. Handy in the loosely made biopic, at 12, joined St. Louis Blues Little Richard's group at the age of 15, played on Sam Cooke's album, , and released his first major label album at the age of 16. Night Beat
Aretha Franklin: Began singing and playing piano and organ in church at age 4, became a soloist at age 10, released her first album at age 14.
Frankie Lymon: Became lead singer of The Teenagers when he was 12; his first hit single was released when he was 13; became the world's first black teenaged pop star.
Alternative and rock [ edit ]
Tori Amos: Attended the Peabody Institute at age five and was expelled from it at 11. [128 ]
Björk: Began classical study at age five; released an album at age eleven [129 ]
Alanis Morissette: Released her first song at age ten, which later became an unsuccessful single; became a protege of a local folk musician; had her own record and record producing company at an early age [130 ]
Wolfgang Van Halen: Son of Van Halen guitarist Eddie Van Halen, Wolfgang began playing on-stage with the band at age 13, and was a full member of Van Halen at age 15. He plays guitar, electric bass, drums, and keyboard.
Steve Winwood: Played organ in the "The Ron Atkinson Band" at age eight; was backing blues legends by age thirteen on United Kingdom tours; became the keyboardist for [131 ] The Spencer Davis Group at age fifteen [132 ]
Charly Garcia: Played piano at age of three, gifted. He has absolute pitch.
Vangelis: Was composing at age of four.
Jason Becker: Gifted electric guitarist afflicted with ALS
Jordan Rudess: entered the Juilliard School of Music Pre-College Division for classical piano training at age nine. He currently plays keyboards, continuum, and synthesizers in the progressive metal band Dream Theater.
Yuto Miyazawa: 12-year-old child prodigy who was named "The Youngest Professional Guitarist" by Guinness Book of World Records in August, 2008.
Indian artists [ edit ]
Indian-classical music [ edit ]
See also [ edit ]
Further reading [ edit ]
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