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Stephen Kovacevich Plays an Allemande

Let’s hear the stylistically immensely experienced Stephen Kovacevich perform the Allemande from J. S. Bach’s Partita No. 4 from the Verbier Festival in Switzerland in 2009. We are all very happy that Kovacevich decided not to quit playing the piano at the age of 32! Read more >>

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pianoplayer51
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« on: February 23, 2014, 05:18:10 PM »

I heard a wonderful boy pianist today.   He only looked about age 8.  His parents said he started at age 2.   I find that hard to believe.  Most two year olds are not equipped for serious study on a complicated instrument.

so.... any teacher have any thoughts?   Would you seriously teach a two year old?

This boy was playing Beethoven and Chopin and was so good I thought he was a prodgidy.  He was not reading music either.  His parents said one day he may be a classical concert pianist.   I said if he carries on like what I heard he may end up being as good as Lang Lang, but I am no teacher so really not the best person to make that judgement.
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« Reply #1 on: February 24, 2014, 04:09:29 AM »

Wow that boy sounds like a prodigy! I've had parents come up to me and asked if I could teach their 2 or 3 yr old kids piano. Those little ones aren't ready for serious piano study except if he/she is a a child prodigy. I have a student right now, she is 5 years old and in Level 2A of Faber books. I also couldn't believe it too because most of my 5 yr old students are in primer level books. She has good rhythm, good note reading skills, good memory and can play dynamics very well. My youngest student right now is my niece, 3 yrs old. We are using Alfred's lesson book A and she loves it! I think it really depends on a child. My niece loves piano and very interested in learning the instrument. I wasn't going to teach her until she reaches 5 but I gave it a shot. I teach her twice a week for 30-45 minutes. For free  Grin
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« Reply #2 on: February 24, 2014, 02:53:40 PM »

Lang Lang? Seriously?
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« Reply #3 on: February 24, 2014, 03:39:26 PM »

well maybe not quite, but the child was really good. 
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