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27 February 2018, 11:40
This is one of the most difficult solo piano pieces ever written, but this 15-year-old prodigy plays it effortlessly.
The fiendish piece of music is called ‘Islamey’, and it was composed by Russian pianist Mily Balakirev in 1869.
“It’s unplayable,” said the composer himself, who was also a virtuoso pianist. “There are passages in this work that I simply can’t manage.”
Even 20th-century pianist Arthur Rubinstein, who was supposed to premiere the piece, claimed that he had struggled with the piece and thought it so difficult that “few would be able to master it”.
But what do they know?
Daniel Tan is a 15-year-old piano prodigy and he performed the piece like it was nbd at the Community School of Music and Arts in Mountain View, California.
Daniel, it’s safe to say you flippin’ nailed it.
Watch more videos on his YouTube channel.