Look, no pedals! Italian, aged 5, competes in Mozart

Look, no pedals! Italian, aged 5, competes in Mozart


norman lebrecht

June 07, 2022

This is somehow characterised as good news.


  • tet says:

    Hey, Mozart didn’t use pedals either!

    Aw, only a curmudgeon could not like this video.

  • Lost and found says:

    What would Maria Theresia have said?
    “Braver Bub”, probably …

  • Duncan says:

    What concerns me is the number of people there who are watching the performance while filming. Can’t they just enjoy the live experience?

    • guest says:

      They aren’t there to enjoy the experience, they’re there for the perceived exhibitionism. They wouldn’t be there if it were an adult playing, nor are they able to discern between the performance of a 5-years old, and that of a 50 years old.

    • Olivia says:

      I can only count four people in the audience who are filming, all positioned together very near the performer. Perhaps they’re proud relatives or his teacher and quite naturally wish to have a record of his achievement.

  • Alan says:


    Can you tell me how it’s bad news?

    • Gaffer Swanthold says:

      I think the issue is with the characterization as news, and no insult to the performer is meant.

  • Pianofortissimo says:

    Bravo ragazzo!

  • Nick says:

    Hey, because IT IS good news!!!! A gifted boy!

  • Jp says:

    Wait, I thought we are supposed to encourage young kids to learn music.

  • Marj says:

    Id much rather listen to what this 5yr old is playing than to what most 5yr old piano students play! Brava! Hope he continues on and achieves his full potential.

  • innocent bystander says:

    I’m starting to wonder why I come on to this site lol when half the posts don’t make any sense. What exactly is wrong with this video?

  • The Old Wolf says:

    The boy’s skill is, indeed, breathtaking. I think the “good news” snark is referring to what the little fellow’s life must be like – all practicing, pressure from adults, no time to just be a kid and enjoy life, etc. On the other hand, we have no idea. Maybe he’s perfectly happy playing like this.

  • V.Lind says:

    That was stunning — 5 years old, no music, almost note-perfect. Sure, he will phrase it differently when he is 21, but the fact that he can do it at all, and so well, is extraordinary. What exactly is the problem?

  • christopher storey says:

    Well, I’m a curmudgeon . Will someone tell this child, before it’s too late, that it is not necessary to hammer the piano in the fashion he adopts ?