Talent Group 3
Luca Sestak is a boogie-woogie, blues and jazz pianist born January 10, 1995 in Celle, Germany. He began playing piano, at the age of eight and a half, when he was sent by his parents to a piano teacher. After two years of classical piano lessons Sestak discovered jazz and blues music, in particular boogie-woogie. Immediately captivated by this musical style, he began to teach himself blues piano while still taking classical lessons. In December 2006, he shared his first videos on YouTube which brought him public fame. In 2007, at the age of 12, Sestak visited the famous International Boogie Woogie Festival at Lugano, Switzerland, where knew Axel Zwingenberger would perform. By March 2014 his earliest videos had received as many as 1.8 million hits.
Emily Moskalenko is an 8 year old gymnast and pole dancer from the Ukraine who completely stunned the judges and audience of talent shows with her incredible athleticism and grace. Moskalenko's performance demonstrated incredible flexibility and strength combined with artistry. She repeatedly seemed to defy gravity as she flipped between poses and gracefully circled the pole in seemingly impossible positions. She is so certain of the control she has over her body that there is never a moment of hesitation or doubt, even as she allows herself to drop down the pole to catch herself moments before hitting the floor.
Jacqueline Marie "Jackie" Evancho (born April 9, 2000) is an American classical crossover singer who gained wide recognition at an early age and, since 2009, has issued an EP and five albums, including a platinum and gold album and three Billboard 200 top 10 debuts. Between 2008 and 2010, Evancho entered several talent competitions; made singing appearances, mostly in Pennsylvania. In 2010, at the age of ten, she gained wider popularity with her performances in the fifth season of the America's Got Talent competition, finishing in second place. With the 2010 holiday release of her O Holy Night EP, Evancho became the best-selling debut artist of 2010, the youngest top-10 debut artist in US history and the youngest solo artist ever to go platinum in the US. She first performed in front of US President Barack Obama at the 2010 National Christmas Tree lighting in Washington, D.C. In June 2011, her first full-length major-label album, Dream With Me, produced by David Foster, debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart, and she became the youngest top-5 debut artist in UK history.
Sterre van Boxtel
Sterre van Boxtel is a 9 year old soprano from Holland renowned for her performances of Ave Maria and Habanera from Carmen. In 2013 she won the Chanteloup Talent Show (France) after a live outdoor performance and has participated in a number of other shows where she has achieved the highest honours. In 2014 she won the Alkmaar Victorie Prize.
Aelita Andre (born 9 January 2007) is an Australian abstract artist known for her Surrealist painting style and her young age. She began to paint when aged nine months, and her work was displayed publicly in a group exhibition shortly after she turned two. Her first solo exhibition opened in New York City in June 2011, when she was four years old. Andre's first solo exhibition, The Prodigy of Color, ran from 4 to 25 June 2011 at the Agora Gallery, a gallery in Chelsea. It contained 24 of her paintings, each on sale for between $4,400 and $10,000. The press nicknamed her "the Pee-wee Picasso" after nine of the works sold for a total of more than $30,000. According to the BBC, these sales may make the four-year-old "the youngest ever professional artist". In 2011, Andre and her parents also visited Hong Kong, where she sold her most expensive painting to date for $24,000
Vázquez Sounds is a musical trio formed by siblings Abelardo, Gustavo and Angela "Angie" Vázquez (aged 13) originating from the city of Mexicali, Baja California, in Mexico. They are known for their cover of the Adele song "Rolling in the Deep", which received over 150 million hits, becoming an instant internet sensation, and even earning them air time on Spanish-language television, CNN en Español, VH1 and Good Morning America. Abelardo, Gustavo and Angela Vázquez are children of music producer Abelardo Vázquez, who has worked with groups like Mexican bands Reik, Nikki Clan and Camila. Vázquez Sounds uses their father's recording studio to record and edit their music.
Jun (Justin) Yu is a six-year old cello master. Justin is the son of Chinese composer and conductor Ziliang and Korean pianist Rho Aera. He started on the cello when he was just 3 years old and began wowing Carnegie Hall audiences at aged just 6. He appeared on the Ellen DeGeneres show charming his way right into the audience’s hearts.
Rhema Marvanne Voraritskul is a very young gospel singer and actress from Carrollton, Texas, USA. She was born September 15, 2002 to Teton Voraritskul and Wendi Marvanne. Rhema began singing the same time she began talking. In 2009, Rhema gained Internet fame at the age of six after recording her first song, "Amazing Grace". She takes inspiration from her mother, Wendi Marvanne, who died due to ovarian cancer on November 8, 2008, at the age of 36. Rhema appeared on the Maury Povich show highlighting the most talented kids and appeared on a number of other international shows. She recorded both her Albums in Nashville. In 2011 she appeared in Gerard Butler's drama film “Machine Gun Preacher”.
Tsung Tsung is a talented 6-year-old prodigy pianist from Hong Kong, China, who recently made the trip to the United States to perform exclusively on The Ellen Show. Tsung Tsung has been playing the piano since he was only 3 years old and performs the ‘Flight Of The Bumblebee’ as a virtuoso. Tsung Tsung gained fame after being seen over 2 million times in his YouTube video.Ryan Wang, a talented 5-year-old prodigy pianist from West Vancouver, British Columbia in Canada, recently took second place at the American Protégé International Piano and Strings Competition in New York City. Ryan has been playing the piano for less than two years and says the music just goes to his fingers.
Derek Paravicini is a blind English autistic savant and a musical prodigy. Paravicini was born extremely prematurely, at 25 weeks. His blindness was caused by oxygen therapy given during his time in a neonatal intensive care unit. This also affected his developing brain, resulting in his severe learning disability. He also has autism. He has absolute pitch and can play a piece of music after hearing it once. He began playing the piano by the age of two when his nanny gave him an old keyboard. His parents arranged for him to attend the Linden Lodge School for the Blind in London. On his introductory visit to the school, in the music room he broke free from his parents, then headed straight for a piano being played, and then pushed the player, Adam Ockelford, aside to take over. Ockelford encouraged him and arranged first weekly and then daily lessons. Aged seven, Paravicini gave his first concert in Tooting Leisure Centre in South London. In 1989, at the age of nine, Paravicini had his first major public concert at the Barbican Hall in London when he played with the Royal Philharmonic Pops Orchestra. In that year, he appeared on Wogan and was the main subject of a documentary called Musical Savants. When he was older, he was presented with a Barnardo's Children's Champion Award by Diana, Princess of Wales for his performances at age seven and nine. More opportunities followed, including playing at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club. Paravicini is the son of Nicolas Paravicini and Mary Ann Parker Bowles, the former sister-in-law of Camilla Parker Bowles, who later, by her marriage to the Prince of Wales, became the Duchess of Cornwall. He is a great-grandson of author William Somerset Maugham.
Kitty, Daisy & Lewis
Kitty, Daisy & Lewis are a British five-piece band fronted by the siblings of the Durham family. Their music is influenced heavily by R&B, swing, jump blues, country and Western, blues, Hawaiian and rock 'n' roll. They are all multi-instrumentalists playing guitar, piano, banjo, lapsteel guitar, harmonica, double bass, ukulele, drums, trombone, xylophone and accordion between them. Kitty Durham is the youngest of the group and primarily sings and plays drums, harmonica, ukulele, banjo, trombone and guitar. Daisy Durham, the eldest, primarily sings and plays drums, piano, accordion and xylophone. Lewis Durham sings and plays guitar, piano, banjo, lapsteel and drums. He collects and plays/DJ's 78rpm records and has built a home studio which consists of antique recording equipment such as 8-track tape machines and vintage BBC and RCA microphones. Kitty, Daisy, & Lewis do not use computers or any digital format during the recording process..
"Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” ― Plato