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1 November 2018, 17:48
At 8 years old, Umi Garrett could rattle off a whole Liszt Concert Étude on international television. What’s not to love?
Ten years ago, Umi Garrett was just eight years old when she appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and played one of Liszt’s notoriously fiendish Concert Études, Gnomenreigen (‘Dance of the Gnomes’).
She also played a couple of bursts of ‘Twinkle Twinkle Little Star’ backwards – then upside down.
Umi had started playing the piano at the age of four, and was banned from playing it at certain times because she kept disturbing the neighbours.
“I want to start playing the piano when I wake up, but I don’t want to annoy the neighbours, so I have a certain time I can start playing, and a cut-off time,” she told Ellen.
Umi is now 18, and is a professional pianist (who’d have guessed) and Young Steinway Artist. Here’s what she sounds like: