Whether the secret is the unbelievable amount of practice, the unbelievable talent or a combination thereof, the sounds coming out of the instruments, with the often amazing amount of pressure they're experiencing, is truly admirable. Here is a ranking of the greatest child prodigies in classical music.
1. Evgeny Kissin - Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 1
We all know the currently renowned pianist Evgeny Kissin, but there's a chance you haven't yet heard him play Chopin's piano concerto no. 1, aged 12 years old... Yes indeed, 12 years old. It's shows that his current top-level playing didn't just come out of nothing and it's quite amazing to see where all this development lead up to, 3 decades later.
2. SoHyun Ko - Sarasate: Zigeunerweisen, Op. 20
Performing at the Heifetz International Music Institute with several cameras focused on every movement you undertake with an instrument that magnifies every movement you do, is a pressure that's quite unimaginable. Still, the sounds coming out of the violin are crystal clear with an extraordinary expressive phrasing. Certainly worth the listen.
3. Christian Li - Bazzini: La ronde des Lutins
Christian Li has made a quite sizable collection of repertoire he has created so there is more than enough besides this one to check out, but this video clearly shows the skill he has obtained with the violin. This would be genuinely impressive for the average violinists while Christian Li pulled this off at 11 years old.
4. Alisa Sadikova - Marcel Grandjany: The Fountain
The ease with which she plays such a tremendously difficult instrument which requires so much precision, at that age, is simply astonishing. She regularly performs at festivals around Germany and Russia and began her professional career aged just 7 years old. The beautiful harmony between the harp and the piano make a great combination, as seen in this video.
5. Elisey Mysin - Mozart: Concerto No. 3 in D major
Most children at this age are learning how to play scales, supposing they're already playing the piano. This young pianist is on a whole other level, performing for hundreds of people at many concerts with technically difficult pieces. His channel has videos of him performing Tchaikovsky, Mozart, Debussy, Chopin, Beethoven and more on an admirable skill-level which makes for a well-deserved spot on this list.