December 3, 2012 at 9:01 AMReally unbelieveable how some people could play when they are 11 years old. Could Soo-Boon Lee still improve and play at a higher level when she will be 30? Should she have enough time now to play with her Barbie dolls?
The question of whether this girl has time to "just be a girl" is for her and her parents to ask and answer. My guess is that she is intelligent and mature enough -- even at 11 -- to make reasonable choices about how she spends her time. The same is true of the top prospects in figure skating, gymnastics, chess, tennis, mathematics, or anything else that requires native talent, effort, and expensive coaching.
The person I feel sorry for is the 11-year-old who thinks s/he is going to be a star soloist after reaching Book 7 in three years. That's who needs to see this video.
I'm sure not qualified to answer to this but in my opinion... people who become very good very young will improve but on smaller details...
This girl may be discussing how to interpret this and that, how lightly or not to play, the historical issues of the peice whatever as a normal pupil will get instrcted to play on pitch, on time, bow straigh and sound good etc.
But the really talented have the challenge to learn as much of the pro repertoire as they can in the shortest time possible in order to be able to enter major competitions and become knowned and respected as a professional soloist...
To each person his own challenges as we say!
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