Classical Notes: Variations on a theme of prodigies in Galway

A real festival highlight is the participation of Alma Deutscher

8th January, 2017
Classical Notes: Variations on a theme of prodigies in Galway
Joe O’Grady and Finghin Collins Pic: Monika Chmielarz

Can you name a classical music prodigy? Yes, you’re right first time – Mozart. But sorry, no kudos, as that’s a cliché. Mozart is the prodigy of prodigies, an untouchable icon of divinely inspired genius – even if he was a brat.

To be considered under the unwritten prodigy rules, you have to be 12 years old or under and have appeared in an acclaimed public performance. The likes of...

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