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A child prodigy on stage

We all know a child who is exceptionally good at something, but every now and again a child sensation is discovered, wowing the public with their immense talent despite their young age.

Dmitry Ishkhanov is one of those children. He was just 11 years old when he represented Malta in the 2016 Eurovision Young Musicians Competition, and is still only 14. Ready to share his talent, the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra has organised two concerts with him on Thursday and Friday.

Russian-born Dmitry promises to enchant the Nicosia and Larnaca public as he will take on Mozart’s piano concerto no. 12, written when the composer was 32. A remarkable act for a teenager, rightfully honouring the concerts’ title of Child-prodigy.

His musical journey started young, at four years old when he began playing the piano for his babysitter. Until today, he’s played all around the world and performed in many famous concert halls such as Kennedy Centre in Washington, Cologne Philarmonic, Smetana Hall in Prague, Beethoven House in Bonn, Germany and many others.

And he’s not the only talent who started young in these two upcoming concerts. Conductor/composer Michalis Economou, born in 1973, also had an early start on the music scene, having made his first public performance as a conductor at the age of 15 with one of his own works. In this concert he will conduct another one of his works.

Piano recital by 14-year-old Dmitry Ishkhanov. April 4. Pallas Theatre, Nicosia. April 5. Larnaca Mu-nicipal Theatre, Larnaca. 8.30pm. € 12/7/5. Tel: 22-463144

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