Well, all my self-esteem is gone, now and forever.
Amazing! That's how I sound in my own head... its just those listening that may not agree!
and at times she almost looks bored! got to love that bow hand.
My self-esteem is intact. However, I need to find buyers for my violins.
I feel really sorry for all the 10-year olds she beat in the competition. (OK, not really, given that those 10-year olds would all trash me, I thought I might mention them too FWIW.)
Only mature players can bring a profound experience of life into their performances. Joy, despair, serenity, melancholy, passion, existential angst - I do them all although you may struggle to tell the difference. Never boredom though.
I think we now have proof that the theory of the transmigration of souls is a reality. We just have to wonder which violin virtuoso has come back as a Japanese girl.
I also think and wonder as to that possibility Mr. Wells.
The reason her tone is not as good as Hilary Hahn's is only because she has four fine-tuners on her tailpiece. You just know how much those wreck your tone.
This movement can be played artistically and beautifully, but I think the fact that she can play it at all at age 7 is an incredibly fine step on that path.
Amazing for sure. But I hope she has some balance in her life.
She does a lovely job with all of the singing lyrical bits, too, not just the technical wizardry. And she looks like she's enjoying herself. More power to her!
That video brought tears to my eyes, even after watching it several times. She already knows how to make the violin cry and sing. Even with a fractional violin, four fine tuners and a pinky hold. People assume it's the parents pushing the child, but how do we know that it's not the child pressuring the parents?
There are always comments that wonder aloud whether an accomplished or precocious child is somehow being driven or abused by tiger parents, or whether the child's life must necessarily be miserable in some other way, or whether they "have a chance to just be a kid" and so on. I wonder how many of these comments are driven by genuine concern vs. sheer jealousy.
To add to what Paul said, there's real delight in doing something that you're awesome at. Children with the "rage to master" view that work as play.
Lydia, your comment is interesting: "depending on where a kid lives and what they're like, there really might not be viable enjoyable social experiences". I had a friend once who said there would never be another Mozart because now we have video games. Clearly there are some kids who do quite well musically despite modern technology.
"I wonder how many of these comments are driven by genuine concern vs. sheer jealousy."
Or maybe not. Alma Deutscher (violin and piano but most impressively also composition) is pretty articulate about the fact that she's the one doing the pushing.
There is no doubt there were happy kids.