9-year-old piano prodigy will play with the Cincinnati Pops

WCPOPublished: February 1, 2018
Published: February 1, 2018

Takako Frautschi teaches piano to many highly-skilled musicians at the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, but it's not often one of her young pupils is chosen to play a Mozart concerto on stage with the Cincinnati Pops.  Especially when that pupil is only 9. "She has such a gift," Frautschi said. "I know she is so young, (but she's) feeling the music in such a mature way. She closes her eyes and plays from her heart. She plays gentle, beautiful, angry, exciting...with feeling, not just the dynamics." When Sophia Suwiryo found out she would play with the Cincinnati Pops, she and Frautschi got to work quickly. "She has only been given two months to learn it," Frautschi said. "It is really difficult, fast music. It requires a lot of practice just to be aware of every note." Frautschi said it would take her college students about a year to perfect the piece. Sophia mastered it within two weeks.

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