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Could Soo-Boon Lee improve after playing this level for an child of 11?

December 3, 2012 at 9:01 AM

Really 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?

From jean dubuisson
Posted on December 3, 2012 at 5:29 PM
incredible. but to answer the question, she can certainly improve, for example, some bowings on the Eing close to the nut come out scratchy at times. but she is a phenomenon that's for sure.
From Paul Deck
Posted on December 3, 2012 at 6:02 PM
To see talent and conviction like this at such a young age renews my faith in humanity.

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.

From james holmes
Posted on December 3, 2012 at 9:26 PM
Whoa!! Where's the nearest rock on can crawl under.
But I do think any artists, performers, or athletes can improve on their skills no matter what age. If not they will lose the curiosity/interests of their talents.
From Terry Hsu
Posted on December 4, 2012 at 12:42 PM
Wow! She's completely amazing. Solid technique, artistic, and expressive. I'd love to hear her play a range of music, but really, incredible. I suspect we'll be hearing a lot more of her in the future.
From Thessa Tang
Posted on December 4, 2012 at 2:41 PM
Wonderful, what a joy-giving talent! I agree with James Holmes and hope she improves further.
From Y Cheung
Posted on December 5, 2012 at 3:46 PM
I am very impressed with her musicality which is mature beyond her years and well supported by her techniques. When I followed the Menuhin, I thought she was the best among the competitors. Reviewing the competition videos now, I still think she should have been given first place instead of second.
From Anne-Marie Proulx
Posted on December 7, 2012 at 2:33 AM
Wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Very impressing...

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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