Israeli-British 7-year-old hailed as 'this generation's Mozart'
Alma Deutscher, daughter of renowned Israeli linguist Guy Deutscher, received her first violin when she was three, and was playing Handel Sonatas within a year • At age seven she has already completed composing her first opera, which she says came to her via Mozart in a dream.
Israel Hayom Staff
Seven-year-old Alma Deutscher. "I want to compose like Mozart, play violin like Perlman and play piano like Barenboim."
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Alma Deutscher is only seven years old and she already plays piano and violin, has composed an opera and her YouTube videos have hundreds of thousands of views. The British-Israeli wunderkind is the latest hit to take the classical music world by storm.
Alma's father, Guy Deutscher, is an Israeli-born linguist and honorary research fellow at the University of Manchester. Her mother Janie is also an academic.
According to the Telegraph, Alma was given her first violin at the age of three, and could play Handel sonatas within a year.
She reportedly wrote her first opera, "The Sweeper of Dreams," when she awoke from a dream featuring Mozart. "Mozart composed this piece in my dream and when I got up, I sat down and played it and my father recorded it," Deutscher told the Daily Mail.
Speaking to The Independent, Alma said that when she is older she wants to "compose like Mozart, play the violin like Perlman and play the piano like Barenboim."
"What she is doing now is definitely no less sophisticated than what Mozart was doing at her age," he father said.