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  1. 02 Jul '13 22:11
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vDJdh13gHrE

    This young girls is an incredible talent! The piece she plays is amazingly difficult and she plays it with the aplomb of a world class performer.
  2. Standard member sonhouse
    Fast and Curious
    03 Jul '13 12:01
    Originally posted by scacchipazzo
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vDJdh13gHrE

    This young girls is an incredible talent! The piece she plays is amazingly difficult and she plays it with the aplomb of a world class performer.
    I tried listening at work, very slow net at work so couldn't hear but a few opening notes but you are right, she is a real prodigy! Excellent sound also.
    Any idea of how old she is?
  3. 03 Jul '13 20:17
    Originally posted by sonhouse
    I tried listening at work, very slow net at work so couldn't hear but a few opening notes but you are right, she is a real prodigy! Excellent sound also.
    Any idea of how old she is?
    She looks slightly older than Kahane, but not by much. Kahane is seven, right? This girl is extraordinarliy gifted and has the stage demeanor and poetry of a much older performer. Violinist Giora Schmidt says she is the real deal and he's a virtuoso.
  4. Standard member sonhouse
    Fast and Curious
    04 Jul '13 14:59 / 2 edits
    Originally posted by scacchipazzo
    She looks slightly older than Kahane, but not by much. Kahane is seven, right? This girl is extraordinarliy gifted and has the stage demeanor and poetry of a much older performer. Violinist Giora Schmidt says she is the real deal and he's a virtuoso.
    She was born September 29, 2000 so she is an old lady now at 13!

    http://emcy.org/prize-winners/soo-been-lee.html

    Take a look at this, her repertoire!

    You know, in that video, she only won 2nd place! The winner must have been even more awesome. Wonder how we would find out who won that year?
  5. 04 Jul '13 19:34
    Originally posted by sonhouse
    She was born September 29, 2000 so she is an old lady now at 13!

    http://emcy.org/prize-winners/soo-been-lee.html

    Take a look at this, her repertoire!

    You know, in that video, she only won 2nd place! The winner must have been even more awesome. Wonder how we would find out who won that year?
    http://www.menuhincompetition.org/2012-winners.html

    Above there's a list of winners in both senior and child categories. I'd love to hear each and everyone of them play.
  6. Standard member sonhouse
    Fast and Curious
    05 Jul '13 15:05
    Originally posted by scacchipazzo
    http://www.menuhincompetition.org/2012-winners.html

    Above there's a list of winners in both senior and child categories. I'd love to hear each and everyone of them play.
    I listened to the first place junior winner and he didn't seem any better than Soo. In fact he sounded a lot less sure. Maybe there is a bias against female performers?
  7. 05 Jul '13 16:46
    Originally posted by sonhouse
    I listened to the first place junior winner and he didn't seem any better than Soo. In fact he sounded a lot less sure. Maybe there is a bias against female performers?
    I don't think so. It may have to do with piece selection, degree of difficulty and so on. Always too subjective IMHO, but kids get great experience anyhow. If bias of any kind it may be because of being S. Korean in Beijing. Chinese hates S. Korea.
  8. Standard member sonhouse
    Fast and Curious
    05 Jul '13 23:52
    Originally posted by scacchipazzo
    I don't think so. It may have to do with piece selection, degree of difficulty and so on. Always too subjective IMHO, but kids get great experience anyhow. If bias of any kind it may be because of being S. Korean in Beijing. Chinese hates S. Korea.
    And vice versa. I work with a Korean scientist and there is no love lost. They actually dislike the Japanese worse however, because of the takeover of Korea in WW2. Did you know the north east of China was Korean and Korean is still spoken there?
  9. 06 Jul '13 12:15
    Originally posted by sonhouse
    And vice versa. I work with a Korean scientist and there is no love lost. They actually dislike the Japanese worse however, because of the takeover of Korea in WW2. Did you know the north east of China was Korean and Korean is still spoken there?
    That I did not know but I am not surprised. Indeed no one likes the Japanese because of WWII. We had a Korean exchange student back in 2008. I slipped one night and asked something that implied I liked Japanese food and she burst into tears. We still stay in touch and I see her as another daughter. I like Japanese people, but not as much as Korean. I dislike no one in the world.
  10. Standard member sonhouse
    Fast and Curious
    06 Jul '13 14:30
    Originally posted by scacchipazzo
    That I did not know but I am not surprised. Indeed no one likes the Japanese because of WWII. We had a Korean exchange student back in 2008. I slipped one night and asked something that implied I liked Japanese food and she burst into tears. We still stay in touch and I see her as another daughter. I like Japanese people, but not as much as Korean. I dislike no one in the world.
    It is just tragic the dichotomy of North Vs South Korea. My colleague Sam Yom whom I spoke about is a character! Very humorous and talks about North Korean's slipping into China and then back into the south. He is christian and talks about the Korean church sending help to the people of the North. He is confident that one day the Korea's will be united but that China fears such a union because of the strength of Korean science and industry, they prefer them to be fighting each other forever.
  11. 06 Jul '13 19:56
    Originally posted by sonhouse
    It is just tragic the dichotomy of North Vs South Korea. My colleague Sam Yom whom I spoke about is a character! Very humorous and talks about North Korean's slipping into China and then back into the south. He is christian and talks about the Korean church sending help to the people of the North. He is confident that one day the Korea's will be united but ...[text shortened]... e strength of Korean science and industry, they prefer them to be fighting each other forever.
    Can you believe North Koreans are on average 4 inches shorter than their not very tall South Korean brethren? Communism/Socialism is a scourge since the leadership always lives high on the hog while starving their own people.Hugo Chavez did the world a favor by seeking treatment in Cuba instead of MD Anderson wit the great satan.