6-year-old prodigy conducts at Arizona music festival

25 February 2013, 15:36 | Updated: 2 April 2020, 15:31

6-year-old Jonathan Okseniuk has completed a landmark conducting performance with the Arizona Musicfest Orchestra, and is now being earmarked for greatness.

A 6-year-old boy has been hailed as new conducting prodigy thanks to his recent mature performances of classical works. Jonathan Okseniuk began conducting at the tender age of 3 years old, and has been progressing ever since, and has just finished a performance with the Arizona Musicfest Orchestra.

His first taste of the conducing limelight, however, came from YouTube, when his parents posted a video of him conducting a recording of the fourth movement of Beethoven's Symphony No. 5. The video became a hit, and now Jonathan is conducting professional orchestras, including a performance with the Kremlin Chamber Orchestra last year.

His mother claims her son showed an interest in music at just 8 months old. Jonathan is also a violinist and pianist, and hopes to pursue his dream of being a professional conductor. Well, he has been dreaming of it for literally all of his life so far…