Move over Mozart, and roll over, Beethoven: Today’s child prodigies have arrived. Through the magic of YouTube, they’re reaching audiences of millions—and can start brightening your day right now.
Alma Deutscher, classical composer, violinist, pianist
English composer and musician Alma boasts more than 2 million views on her YouTube channel...and was born in 2005. The impressively ambitious young talent started playing piano at 2 years old, composed her first full piano sonata at 6, was herself a soloist on her own concerto for violin and orchestra on its premiere performance by the Oviedo Filarmonía, and, in 2015, finished a full-length opera for the story of Cinderella...at age 10.
Oscar and Joshua Han, violinists and pianists
Australian brothers Oscar and Joshua started playing at ages 3 and 4, respectively. The duo, who both play piano and violin, boast numerous awards and honors between them, and in 2013 brought some classical style to television as grand finalists in “Australia’s Got Talent.” Watch them below, playing the incredibly complex Czardas, by Monti.
Avery Molek, drummer
Born on the fifth anniversary of 9/11, Avery’s been a YouTube star for years...and he’s only nine now. He’s been banging away since receiving his first drum kit at age 2, and has scored millions of YouTube views recording the songs he loves, including Welcome to the Jungle (age 6), Rush’s Tom Sawyer (age 7), The Knack’s My Sharona (age 8), and many more. Here he is rocking Bon Jovi’s You Give Love a Bad Name.
Jacob Velazquez, piano
Diagnosed with autism at 4, Jacob went on to wow audiences (and his own idol, Taylor Swift) with his piano talent. His YouTube channel has over half a million views, and the now 7-year-old released his debut album, “Jacob,” in September 2015. He’s performed on “Good Morning America,” “The View,” CNN and “The Steve Harvey Show” (the video below—skip ahead to 2:10 if you just want to see the performance.)
Sujari Britt, cellist
Having already studied violin and piano, Sujari picked up the cello at age 4 and never looked back. After winning first place in the Associated Music Teachers League Inc. scholarship competition at 7, the New Yorker performed at the White House for President Barack Obama the following year. The teen, who studies at the Manhattan School of Music, also performs in a string trio with her sister Joelle and brother Sunnaj, who play violin.