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Alison Krauss
   was a   
Singer
Alison Krauss
   was a   
Songwriter
Alison Krauss
   was a   
Violinist
Named most promising Midwestern fiddler at age 12. Won local competitions at age 10
Buddy Rich
   was a   
Drummer
Led his first jazz band at age 11. Started playing drums at 18 months of age
Clara Rockmore
   was a   
Theremin Player
Youngest to enter the Imperial Conservatory at age five. bone problems due to childhood malnutrition forced her to abandon violin performance past her teen years. That however led her to discover the theremin
Cy Coleman
   was a   
Composer
Cy Coleman
   was a   
Pianist
Cy Coleman
   was a   
Songwriter
Played Carnegie Hall at age 7. Jazz pianist
Franz Liszt
   was a   
Composer
First major piano concert at age 9
Franz Liszt
   was a   
Pianist
Harry Connick Jr
   was a   
Composer
Harry Connick Jr
   was a   
Pianist
Harry Connick Jr
   was a   
Singer
First recording at age 10 Was playing publicly at age 6
Harry Connick Jr
   was a   
Songwriter
Jascha Heifetz
   was a   
Violinist
Entered conservatory and played major concerts at 10Considered one of the greatest violinists of all time
Marvin Hamlisch
   was a   
Composer
Youngest ever accepted by the Juilliard School of Music. He was 7 years of age
Mary Lou Williams
   was a   
Composer
Mary Lou Williams
   was a   
Pianist
Taught herself piano at age 4. Played professionally at age 13. Jazz pianist
Michael Jackson
   was a   
Singer
Joined his family’s pop group at age 5. Went on to sell over 500 million records
Michael Jackson
   was a   
Songwriter
Morton Gould
   was a   
Composer
Morton Gould
   was a   
Pianist
Published composer at age 6. Famous for his interpretation of Bach’s Goldberg Variations
Mozart
   was a   
Composer
Wrote his first symphony at age eight - Symphony # 1 in E Flat Major
Nicolo Paganini
   was a   
Composer
Nicolo Paganini
   was a   
Violinist
Composing at age 7. Publicly performing (violin) at age 12
Samuel Barber
   was a   
Composer
Composing at age 7. Attended Curtis Institute of Music at 14
Sarah Chang
   was a   
Violinist
Classical violinist. Played with professional orchestras by age 8. She auditioned for Julliard at age 7
Shelly Berg
   was a   
Pianist
Jazz pianist. Entered Cleveland Institute of Music at age 6. Was a professional musician at 13
Stevie Wonder
   was a   
Singer
Signed contract with Motown at age 11, Had his first #1 record at age 13
Stevie Wonder
   was a   
Songwriter
Tori Amos
   was a   
Composer
Tori Amos
   was a   
Pianist
Youngest person, at that time, to attend the Peabody Institute. She was 5 years of age
Tori Amos
   was a   
Singer
Tori Amos
   was a   
Songwriter
Victor Borge
   was a   
Pianist
And comedian. Royal Danish Music Conservatory at age 9. Full scholarship in piano
Yehudi Menuhin
   was a   
Violinist
Classical violinist and conductor. Successful debut at age 7


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