This 3-year-old conducting to Beethoven’s 5th is the future of classical music

10 July 2017, 12:48

Beethoven's 5th, conducted by a 3-year-old boy

Jonathan Okseniuk, an adorable and insanely talented 3-year-old, conducts to the 4th movement of Beethoven's 5th symphony.


By Maddy Shaw Roberts

A pyjama-clad 3-year-old delivers an epic masterclass in conducting Beethoven’s 5th Symphony.

If the future of classical music makes you sad and anxious, HALT. You shall be anxious no more. This little guy has just proved that Beethoven’s symphonies know no time restrictions.

Jonathan Okseniuk, who is now ten years old, gave this spectacular show of conducting the fourth movement of Beethoven’s Symphony No.5 in C minor when he was just three years old. We are still in slight disbelief at the toddler's ability to deliver clear actions, fluid movement and animated facial expressions for the orchestra (and maybe a tad envious, too).

At the age of four, Jonathan conducted the full Chandler Symphony orchestra, and the year after that, he conducted the fourth movement of Mozart’s Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, on a TV talk show. Yep, Jonathan is officially a musical prodigy.

This performance of Beethoven’s 5th was conducted by Herbert von Karajan and the Berlin Philharmonic, who just happen to be Jonathan’s favourite conductor and orchestra.

No one loves LVB as much as this little guy. Find Jonathan on Facebook and YouTube for more!

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