Tuesday, March 22, 2011

A Three-Year-Old Inspiration for Beethoven Lovers

Three-year-old Jonathan Okseniuk loves his Beethoven. In this incredibly charming video, he conveys his enthusiasm, tremendous sense of rhythm and his infectious joy over the many build-ups to a climax in the last movement of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony in C Minor:

[UPDATE 03/25/2011: Now four years old, Jonathan made his conducting debut just last month, as described in this article. You can also watch videos of him conducting other symphonic works at YouTube.]

Shades of Leonard Bernstein: truly an inspiration for us all -- thank you, Jonathan!

(H/T: ChoralNet -- be sure to read the comments at the original post.)


  1. If he could just get the orchestra to watch the conductor!

  2. OMG!! He knows this music! See how he anticipates the changes in tempo and volume. 3 guesses on what this prodigy will choose for a career.
    Thank you so much for sharing this, Mr. Haley.