14 September 2018

Alma Deutscher - musical prodigy (updated)

As reported in The Telegraph:
Deutscher's father said she could name the notes on a piano by the age of two. She was given her first violin for her third birthday, and was playing Handel sonatas within a year.

Earlier this year, Deutscher composed a short opera called The Sweeper of Dreams, which narrowly missed out on making the final of a contest run by the English National Opera to unearth young, talented classical musicians.
Reposted from 2012 (the embed above shows her performing at age 6) to add this incredible video:

Scott Pelley selects four notes, and the now-12-year-old young lady takes less than a minute to compose and play a piano sonata based on those notes.

Via Neatorama.  Her Wikipedia page.


  1. Her intonation is actually not bad for a person her age. Playing this piece is a pretty big accomplishment for someone her age. Her shifting could use a little bit of work but she has great musical expression for a young child and I think that if she practices for a couple years she has the potential to be a great player.

  2. What struck me was her incredible poise and dignity. It was quite a contrast to, say, Joe Biden's most recent performance.

    (I'm sorry to strike a political note, but the contrast came to mind.)

  3. Oh please...re Biden. Give it a rest.

    1. No, sorry, I'll express my opinion and say whatever comes to mind about a particular video I see. Stifle yourself, if you want to stifle anyone.

  4. She is very good!! One talent! I am also composing a sonata! but I'm 17!
    Kisses of Brazil!
    Congratulations girl!

  5. I noticed she has a bump on her wrist, is this from all the practice.


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