I remember being five years old and playing piano. The first song I learned had three or four notes in it and was played entirely with one hand. I didn’t get much better from there. I could pick some basic things out by ear and I stuck with piano lessons for several years, but it took forever to teach me anything and I wasn’t very good. Based on what I’m about to say this might sound a little silly, but I had a heck of a time getting my two sets of fingers to do different things. Looking back, I wish that whomever it was that put me into music when I started school had went with the drums instead. It’s doubtful that I would have wound up as awesome at that as young Alberto Cartuccia Cingolani is on the piano, but based on my experiences with both instruments I think I would have had a better chance at being decent.
But enough about me. Let’s talk about Alberto.
In the above video, his five-year-old self is banging out Mozart’s Piano Sonata No. 16 in C major in front of an audience like it’s nothing. His parents, both musicians, were looking for something to keep him busy the last few years while we were all in lockdown, so thought they would try out music. Apparently it’s gone well, and fast.
(translated) He started playing during the months of the first lockdown. I was always at home, so we started playing with a small play keyboard, in order to do something stimulating for the child. From there I realized that Alberto was well suited. We noticed with my husband that the child has perfect pitch. And from there we saw that a sort of didactic educational journey with the piano was worthwhile and so it all started. The child has forged ahead. For a year and a half now, the child has been doing remarkable things, both for the age and for the time it took to learn.
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