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18 January 2018, 17:41
This is when you realise that no matter how much you practise, you might never be as talented as a 12-year-old violinist like Soo-been Lee.
Soo-been Lee is a 17-year-old violinist, who five years ago posted this amazing performance of herself playing Wieniawski’s Variations on an Original Theme at a junior music competition.
The Variations, from the composer’s Op. 15, are notoriously difficult to play – but 12-year-old Lee makes his work look terrifyingly easy.
“I get nervous before each performance,” she told the JoongAng Sunday. “If I didn’t, I wouldn’t be human. I get nervous 10 minutes before showtime, but when I do some breathing exercises and pray, I feel better.”
Then, she says she forgets all about it. “When it’s all done, I can’t even remember how nervous I was beforehand.”
The real tragedy is that Soo-been Lee only came in second place in this competition (which begs the question, how amazing was the kid who came in first place?!).
Soo-been Lee’s doing pretty well now, though – have a look at what she’s up to here.