Those who applauded our recent discovery that more classical records per head are bought in Portland, Oregon, than in any other US city will find further encouragement in the video that follows, posted on Youtube in the past 24 hours.
It shows a nine year-old boy from Portland, Max Ball, who has taught himself to compose (neither of his parents is a musician). Max is now studying violin with Greg Ewer who says he has never seen a talent like him before. Max will be too youg to enter the next Tchaikovsky Competition and possibly the one after that. When he does, watch out.
On the video he plays his own reduction for two hands of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, a work that gives experienced conductors serious headaches. Max just breezes it. Fasten your seat-belts and switch off all other electronic devices: