Have your children been inspired to start singing, dancing, and playing music? They’re never too young, and who knows? They just might be the next musical prodigy. Take a look at some of the most famous young musicians throughout history.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Mozart is perhaps the most famous child musical prodigy. He grew up drawing crowds when he began learning the harpsicord at age 3. By age 5, he was already writing music. At 6, he embarked on a four-year tour around Europe, displaying his talent on the violin and piano. By age 15, he had already composed numerous symphonies and operas.
However, his appeal faded as he aged, and Mozart died of fever in 1791 at age 35. Despite his talent, he was penniless at the time. However, his work has been recognized, and his is now considered one of the most important composers in history.
Vincenzo Bellini was born in 1801 and was said to be able to sing an aria at a mere 18 months old. By age 2, he was studying music theory, and by age 3, he was learning the piano. He wrote his first composition when he was just 6 years old. Bellini is remembered for his vocal melody.
Sergei Prokofiev is another pianist who got an early start in music. His first lessons began at age 4 with his mother. He began writing his first compositions at age 5. By the time he was 13, he was accepted into the St. Petersburg conservatory and stayed there for 10 years.
Some people argue that Felix Mendelssohn was the greatest child musical prodigy, not Mozart. He made his first debut in Berlin at age 9, and by age 10, he had joined the Singakademie music academy and was already composing his own music. He composed five operas and 11 symphonies during his childhood. Mendelssohn was known for his talents as a pianist and composer.
Although all the prodigies on our list started young, Camille Saint-Saëns was perhaps one of the youngest to see success. It’s said that he wrote his first piece when he was a mere 3 years old. He made is first debut on the piano at age 5 while accompanying a Beethoven violin sonata. He was also the earliest born pianist to make a recording, and he published his first symphony at age 16, though he went on to write many more.
Though not a classical composer like other prodigies on the list, Buddy Rich undoubtedly had talent at a young age. It’s said that at 18 months old, he had started playing the drums in his parents’ basement. He was 4 years old when he started performing tap on Broadway, and by age 6, he was touring the world. At age 11, he led his own band, and in his 20s, he took up jazz. His trademark skill was the drums, and in 1981, he was inducted into the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame.
Anne-Sophie Mutter is one of today’s surviving childhood musical prodigies. She was born in Germany in 1963 and began studying piano at age 5. She won first place at the Jugend Musiziert contest for young musicians in 1970 and 1974. At age 13, she played a major public concert in Salzburg with renowned conductor Herbert von Karajan. She is one of the most sought-after violinist today.
This list is just a small sample of the prodigies who have enhanced the musical scene throughout history, but it may just inspire your child to begin their musical studies at a young age.