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Piano Prodigy Joey Alexander Performs at the Grammys 2016

Piano Prodigy Joey Alexander Performs at the Grammys 2016

Piano prodigy Joey Alexander wowed the audience when he took to the stage for an incredible performance during the 2016 Grammy Awards held at the Staples Center on Monday (February 15) in Los Angeles.

The 12-year-old Indonesian middle school student took to the stage to perform an original composition on the piano.

Not only did Joey get a standing ovation for his performance, but also performed earlier in the day at the during the Grammy Premiere Ceremony.

He was also nominated for two Grammys in the categories of Best Instrumental Jazz Album and Best Improvised Jazz Solo, making him one of the youngest performers to ever be nominated for a Grammy.

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  • Danae

    We’ll see how he evolves in a few years’ time. Piano prodigies sometimes have a hard time transitioning to the conscious way of playing and interpreting the pieces instead of simply showing off their skills.

    Wishing him the best, though. To be nominated for Grammy at such early age!

  • http://www.raycabarga.com Ray Cabarga

    You obviously have not been following Joeys career. Joey is not a mere prodigy, he has been “consciously” interpreting some of the most difficult jazz pieces since he was 8. he plays completely developed and totally improvised solos, never plays the same song the same way twice, writes his own arrangements on the fly and has a unique and original sound all his own. He is nothing short of a miracle. And there has never been anyone who could do what joey can do. to paraphrase Wynton Marsalles. No he is the real thing. there are recordings of him when he is 7 and you can already hear his gift.

  • Danae

    I’m not denying his talent! Not at all. I root for him just as I support every talented youngster, especially taking into consideration the fact that he’s not interested solely in playing the works of the most famous classical composers (as it often happens with very young prodigies). It’s not that common for a person that young to make a choice of their favourite genre and develop in that field specifically. That alone speaks volumes about his mature soul and approach to music.

    I was more thinking of a transition which occurs around the age of 18-20, when a pianist is often expected to slowly move towards being a concert pianist (if they want to make a living out of playing music) and do more than just keep on studying. But it seems that he’s already been at that stage, so I can barely imagine how strong his career will be at the age of 20. All the best to him!

  • http://www.raycabarga.com Ray Cabarga

    Yes, i don’t think the rules that apply to prodigies apply to Joey and i think we need to open our ears and minds to the idea of something completely new—an expanded mentality beyond our scope of understanding. Joey has a gift that defies explanation, and we need to pay close attention to the message we are getting from all this. It speaks of the potential within all of us to transcend the limitations of what we believe is possible. And it speaks of the importance of Jazz and other true art forms and how different they are from commercial forms of music and art. The line has become blurred in our society and someone needed to come along and remind us of the difference. Those are just a few of the things we can learn from Joey. But the most important lesson he carries is that miracles can and do happen.

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