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#426426 - 08/13/07 11:05 PM Yet another prodigy link (this is unbelievable)
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An 8 year old playing Liszt's 2nd concert etude. Forget the fact that he plays it too fast, the kid is amazing.

(forgive me if this has made the rounds already)
http://youtube.com/watch?v=ov81GvB4Wd4&mode=related&search=
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#426427 - 08/13/07 11:23 PM Re: Yet another prodigy link (this is unbelievable)
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what always amazes me most isn't the fact that children so young can play these pieces - I'd love to know their learning process. whether they learn it by themselves, or whether they are helped a lot by their parents/a teacher. Especially with regards to memorising and learning the notes.

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#426428 - 08/13/07 11:29 PM Re: Yet another prodigy link (this is unbelievable)
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OMG!! That's incredible!!

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#426429 - 08/13/07 11:33 PM Re: Yet another prodigy link (this is unbelievable)
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Why do you think he plays it too fast?

What amazes me most is that there aren't more Asian kids like him. After all, there are supposedly 50 million piano students in China alone (or there was five years ago).

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#426430 - 08/13/07 11:35 PM Re: Yet another prodigy link (this is unbelievable)
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I know it`s wrong but I can`t bear to watch - it`s soul-destroying...
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#426431 - 08/13/07 11:53 PM Re: Yet another prodigy link (this is unbelievable)
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He looks more like 10 to me, amazing still though.
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#426432 - 08/13/07 11:58 PM Re: Yet another prodigy link (this is unbelievable)
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Really just is not fair - is it?

Pardon me while I go strangle myself.

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#426433 - 08/14/07 12:19 AM Re: Yet another prodigy link (this is unbelievable)
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That's scary! Scary good ...
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#426434 - 08/14/07 01:14 AM Re: Yet another prodigy link (this is unbelievable)
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I'd like to see one improvise.

He will probably be forgotten like many of these prodigies...

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#426435 - 08/14/07 01:26 AM Re: Yet another prodigy link (this is unbelievable)
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This kid is so out of my league it's not even threatening. I just sat there and watched with jaw-dropping admiration.
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#426436 - 08/14/07 01:48 AM Re: Yet another prodigy link (this is unbelievable)
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More about Kit Armstrong, prodigy, now 14:

“ Unquestionably a phenomenon” as described by the New York Times, 13-year-old musician Kit Armstrong also displays remarkable gifts for mathematics, science and languages. He was teaching himself math with Lego blocks at 18 months and reading Business Week when he was two. At the age of five, he began formal composition and piano studies. At seven, he became the youngest scholarship student in the history of Chapman University of California, attending the institution part-time while completing high school. Two years later, he became a full-time undergraduate student, studying piano performance, composition and science. He now attends the Royal Academy of Music and Imperial College in London, England.

Armstrong has already given a number of performances; the most notable are the Steinway and Sons’ Anniversary Concert at Carnegie Hall, the Classical Music Luncheon of the 44th Annual Grammy Awards honoring Van Cliburn, and recitals for the Vancouver Recital Society and Stanford Lively Arts. He performed for a national audience through his October 2005 appearance on CBS's The Late Show with David Letterman. Armstrong has played as soloist with numerous orchestras, having made his concerto debut at the age of eight.

As a composer, Kit has written in various styles. His compositions include numerous pieces for solo piano, a viola sonata, three string quartets, a piano quartet, piano quintet, wind quintet, two piano concertos, a cello concerto, and a symphony. The symphony composition “Celebration,” which he composed at the age of seven, was premiered by the Pacific Symphony Orchestra. In addition to winning a number of state competitions, he has been awarded the Morton Gould Young Composer Award for four consecutive years.

Armstrong currently resides in London, and when he is not practicing, composing, or thinking about mathematical problems, he enjoys juggling, skiing, playing tennis, squash, and flying paper airplanes. While in California, Armstrong enjoys playing with his two pet chickens: Carbon and Nitrogen.
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#426437 - 08/14/07 02:03 AM Re: Yet another prodigy link (this is unbelievable)
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wow this is a REAL child prodigy, not like many other young kids playing hard pieces and claiming to be child prodigy (by their parents maybe, they're still skilled thought.). this is the real deal!
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#426438 - 08/14/07 03:07 AM Re: Yet another prodigy link (this is unbelievable)
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Searching his name in the PW archives, Kit Armstrong has been mentioned in approx 5-6 threads.

Here is a link to the oldest one; dated 2004.

http://www.pianoworld.com/ubb/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi?/topic/20/31.html

And for more current info, check out his website!

http://www.geocities.com/kitcarmstrong/

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#426439 - 08/14/07 03:30 AM Re: Yet another prodigy link (this is unbelievable)
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That is just amazing. His hands are almost mechanical.

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#426440 - 08/14/07 05:12 AM Re: Yet another prodigy link (this is unbelievable)
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Whoa...

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#426441 - 08/14/07 12:18 PM Re: Yet another prodigy link (this is unbelievable)
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One of my teachers who is a very experienced pianist and plays concerts all over the world used to say in his first lessons: Don’t think the world has been waiting for you, you are just one pianist more.

I think watching this performance on youtube is an excellent way to learn modesty.

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#426442 - 08/14/07 03:20 PM Re: Yet another prodigy link (this is unbelievable)
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I am sure it's a camera trick. Someone somehow superimposed the image of a kid over a great adult pianist.

Amazing technique and musical depth.

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#426443 - 08/14/07 05:51 PM Re: Yet another prodigy link (this is unbelievable)
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Originally posted by Reaper978:
He will probably be forgotten like many of these prodigies...
Of course only time will tell. I frankly wasn't expecting to like the performance -but blimey !- that kid has talent. Let's not compare him to Arrau... just yet. ;\)
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#426444 - 08/14/07 06:45 PM Re: Yet another prodigy link (this is unbelievable)
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Why am I not surprised that he's Asian...haha

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#426445 - 08/14/07 06:50 PM Re: Yet another prodigy link (this is unbelievable)
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I'm sure this has probably been posted before, but here's another little prodigy (Hannah) playing a Chopin Nocturne that just blows me away. I have this video bookmarked and I find myself watching it regularly - it's so beautiful.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZR2KkA1JlFs

I actually find it motivating to watch and listen to these prodigies. Not that I think I'll ever play as well as they do, but it just energizes me somehow and renews my hope that I will get better if I keep working hard.

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#426446 - 08/14/07 07:03 PM Re: Yet another prodigy link (this is unbelievable)
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Armstrong currently resides in London, and when he is not practicing, composing, or thinking about mathematical problems, he enjoys juggling, skiing, playing tennis, squash, and flying paper airplanes. While in California, Armstrong enjoys playing with his two pet chickens: Carbon and Nitrogen.
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Why am I not surprised that he's Asian...haha
Well, let's see. I am Asian, I play the piano (though most comfortable in the Beginners' Forum), I do math well (hey, my checkbook IS balanced!), I ski (only fall a couple of times a day), I play tennis (while not nursing my tennis elbow), and my husband flies airplanes (radio-controlled ones.)

If I get 2 pet chicken, can I be counted as a prodigy? \:D

What amazes me is not just his technique, but his musical expressiveness!
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#426447 - 08/14/07 07:08 PM Re: Yet another prodigy link (this is unbelievable)
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Just listened to Hannah playing Chopin's Nocturne. It's soooo beautiful it makes my heart ache.
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#426448 - 08/15/07 02:18 AM Re: Yet another prodigy link (this is unbelievable)
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lol but Kit Armstrong doesn't make MUSIC.
Watch his 4th Ballade. It's a joke. it's DEAD.
He should stick to origami, math, science, and being polylingual.

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#426449 - 08/15/07 02:26 AM Re: Yet another prodigy link (this is unbelievable)
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Originally posted by Mr_Kitty:
lol but Kit Armstrong doesn't make MUSIC.
Watch his 4th Ballade. It's a joke. it's DEAD.
He should stick to origami, math, science, and being polylingual. [/b]
I think that's somewhat unkind. The young man obviously has superior skills and talent. One doesn't expect a child of 8 or 10 (or whatever age he was) to have mature interpretive insights into the great works of the piano literature. He has a whole lifetime to develop those. In the meantime, he has a technique that - if he continues to play the piano - will at least never be a hindrance to whatever interpretation he might want to put on a piece.

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#426450 - 08/15/07 02:30 AM Re: Yet another prodigy link (this is unbelievable)
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I think that's somewhat unkind.
Now THAT is polite understatement. \:D
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#426451 - 08/15/07 03:36 AM Re: Yet another prodigy link (this is unbelievable)
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Originally posted by Mr_Kitty:
He should stick to origami, math, science, and being polylingual.
Which in the end, of course, the combination of any two would probably pay[/b] more.
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#426452 - 08/15/07 06:51 AM Re: Yet another prodigy link (this is unbelievable)
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he's NOT that young. He's 15. yeah he can play... he filled in for Yeffim Bronfman in Toronto a few months ago. His playing is very mechanical. It seems his musical personality and temperment just aren't up to his level of his playing.

and Bruce-what you said about technique and hindrance could definitely be debated.

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#426453 - 08/15/07 06:52 AM Re: Yet another prodigy link (this is unbelievable)
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he's NOT that young. He's 15. yeah he can play... he filled in for Yeffim Bronfman in Toronto a few months ago. His playing is very mechanical. It seems his musical personality and temperment just aren't up to his level of his playing.

and Bruce-what you said about technique and hindrance could definitely be debated.

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#426454 - 08/15/07 06:54 AM Re: Yet another prodigy link (this is unbelievable)
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sorry for the double post.

It seems to me the world is obsessed with protegies.
Music becomes a spectator sport-LOOK HOW YOUNG THIS KID IS AND LOOK WHAT HE CAN PLAY!!!!!

music isn't about that.
I couldn't care less about kids with insane levels of skill at young ages. I care about great music.

and after Arrau playing all the Transcendental Etudes at age 11.... stuff like this doesn't phaze me

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#426455 - 08/15/07 09:52 AM Re: Yet another prodigy link (this is unbelievable)
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He has all the WTC I preludes and fugues in repertoire.
http://www.geocities.com/kitcarmstrong/3200.html

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