3 Year Old Kid & Herbert von Karajan Conduct Beethoven’s 5th: Dueling Videos

Going viral right now: 3 year old Jonathan con­duct­ing the 4th move­ment of Beethoven’s 5th, and doing a pret­ty good job of chan­nel­ing the spir­it of Her­bert von Kara­jan. What you hear in the back­ground is a record­ing of Kara­jan and the Berlin­er Phil­har­moniker. And below we give you this: The real Kara­jan lead­ing the Berlin Phil­har­mon­ic through the same move­ment of Beethoven’s mas­ter­piece cir­ca 1966.

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  • Eugene says:

    Impres­sive! The per­for­mance is almost too good to be spon­ta­neous…

  • amanda Oliverio says:

    This child is AMAZING! Obvi­ous­ly he has heard this piece many times before. I love the change in facial expres­sion (and the laugh­ing at the end). Has he been exposed to see­ing orches­tras and con­duc­tors live? He is quite good at “feel­ing” the music and pick­ing up on cues, as well as mem­o­ry. This is one smart kid!!!! Bra­vo for expos­ing him to music at an ear­ly age!!!!!

  • Bonnie Kelley-Young says:

    Wow! Jonathan! I look for­ward to see­ing you do this more as you grow! It’s amaz­ing the capac­i­ty for mem­o­ry and nuance and detail, and the beau­ti­ful musi­cal instincts of this child! Beethoven must have passed muster in order to keep a child’s atten­tion like that! Bra­vo par­ents for intro­duc­ing him to such beau­ti­ful music, and for valu­ing what he brings to it — he had me riv­et­ted for the entire piece — Bra­vo!

  • Tomera Tomera says:

    One word: “AWESOME”!

    Now, who are this kid’s par­ents?, where does he live?.…Plus, all of the above, of course!

  • W.C. Fields says:

    …If I may para­phrase Eugene.….
    Sor­ry, I was not impressed and oh yeah, just a ‘lit­tle’ unspon­ta­neous. No, no,… you don’t need to start beat­ing me up and call­ing me all kinds “child-hater” names. Yes, I real­ize that he’s THREE (count ’em!) years old. I’m all for his par­ent expos­ing him to the clas­sics. And I’m quite against par­ents doing this kind of stunt. Neee­ext!

  • Donald Sharpe says:

    This kid has amaz­ing tal­ent and could undoubt­ed­ly become a great con­duc­tor. One would like to fol­low his devel­op­ment. Can any­one tell me more about him?
    Don­ald Sharpe

  • kathy giddens says:

    No con­duc­tor is spon­ta­neous. They must know the music thor­ough­ly. Some have even mem­o­rized the whole, hard­ly need­ing the score, as this lit­tle fel­low shows can be done.

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