Mini Mozart Marvel: Two-Year-Old Stuns Experts with Her Debut Piano Concert Just Six Weeks into Learning

ByQuyen Anne

Sep 3, 2023

Meet the latest stunning musical prodigy: Two-year-old Lavinia Ramirez, who just played “Mary Had a Little Lamb” in front of an audience of 200 people at her first piano recital. When her parents bought her a toy piano for Christmas just a few months ago, they had no idea they were awakening their own little Mozart.

But Lavinia wanted to learn how to play that piano. So her mother Jenna called an accomplished, Prague-trained pianist for lessons.

Can you imagine that phone call? “Yes, hello. I was wondering if you could give my toddler piano lessons? Hello? Hello???” Teacher Matej Lehocky was skeptical, but check out what Lavinia can do.

Mad piano skills, Lavinia! I don’t know what’s more impressive — Lavinia’s musical sophistication or the fact that a 2-year-old has the patience to SIT DOWN and learn how to play the piano. I remember my son at that age. Well, sort of. Mostly I remember a blur. There is no way in hell he could have sat still long enough to learn how to play the piano!

And Lavinia’s mom is impressive, too. When my sister and I took piano lessons, we just went to the neighbor lady’s house. (Every neighborhood has one, right?) But Jenna recognized that her gifted daughter needed a gifted teacher.

The best part: Jenna says she’s not going to push her daughter to keep studying the piano. Lavinia was just following her passion, and if she wants to keep playing, she can. But Jenna won’t force her. And that’s some gifted parenting.

Her hands are so tiny her fingers barely span more than a few keys at a time.

She uses a booster seat to get level with the keyboard and it takes all her concentration to play without looking.

But even before she is three years old, Lavinia Ramirez has astounded experts – with her first public performance on piano.

Scroll down to watch Lavinia playing the piano

Lavinia Ramirez

Pint-sized pianist: Lavinia Ramirez had only been learning to master the keys for six weeks when she stepped out to perform Mary Had a Little Lamb in front of a 200-strong audience aged just two-years-old

True, it might have been only a note-perfect rendition of Mary Had a Little Lamb at her music school’s end of term concert. But yesterday she was being hailed as a mini maestro in the making – and Britain’s youngest piano playing star.

Her teacher Matej Lehocky said her talent was ‘remarkable’ for someone so young, describing her ability as ‘outstanding’.

‘To play at her age is something extraordinary, something very special,’ he said. ‘Usually children that young are not able to control themselves or do what they are told. Normally they just run down the keys and get bored.’

Lavinia, who celebrates her third birthday today, had been learning to play for only six weeks before she stepped out to perform before a 200-strong audience at a local church hall on the outskirts of Plymouth.

By that stage she had been to only eight lessons. Mr Lehocky, who studied at the prestigious Prague Conservatory of Music and learned to play when he was four, agreed to tutor her after realising she was exceptionally bright and clearly interested to learn.

She loves listening to classical music and occasionally asks him to play for her. Bizet’s Carmen is her current favourite.’

She is so mature for her age that you forget you’ve got a two-year-old sitting there with you,’ he said. ‘It’s as if she is five or six. She’s really only a baby though, so of course there are times when she gets distracted. But what she has is something exceptional. Her hand-eye co-ordination is remarkable.

Lavinia Ramirez, aged 2, from Plymouth with her piano teacher, Matej Lehocky

Prodigy: Lavinia’s teacher Matej Lehocky (pictured practicing with her) said it was remarkable that someone of her age could play so well and said she was the best piano playing child in the UK

‘She can play Old MacDonald had a Farm using both hands at once. I think in about eight months’ time she will be able to sit a Grade One exam. I can’t recall anyone doing that at the age of three.’ Lavinia was nicknamed Little Miss Mozart after performing at the concert (although Mozart is thought  to have been nearly four when  he first started to play a clavichord keyboard).

Neither of her parents plays an instrument but she became interested in music after getting a toy piano for Christmas.

Her mother Jenna Ramirez, who also has nine-month-old daughter Florelle, said: ‘I don’t know where Lavinia gets her brains from – she’s more intelligent than me. Before she was two she could write numbers and letters and recognise them in books. She told me what a trapezium was the other day; I didn’t know. She seemed to be on the toy piano all the time so we asked her if she wanted to learn, and she said she would.’

Mrs Ramirez and her husband Ian, both managers at a Tesco supermarket near their home in Ivybridge, Devon, bought her an upright piano when they realised she had such a thirst to learn.

Lavinia Ramirez

Talent: Lavinia was among 21 students playing at the concert, in Derriford Church Hall in Plymouth, Devon

Mrs Ramirez told me yesterday: ‘She plays that at home, using a booster seat on a dining room chair instead of a piano stool. Sometimes she’ll play on and off all day, sometimes she goes a week without playing. We let her decide. As for the future, we won’t push her. We just want to allow her skill to develop naturally.’

Playing at the age of three is  not unique but is extremely rare –  as is Lavinia’s progress and confidence.

Shown video footage of Lavinia playing, John Holmes, chief examiner of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, said she showed ‘exciting potential with her piano playing skills and has clearly made excellent progress in her first two months’.

Nicholas Keyworth, chief examiner in music at Trinity College London, said: ‘The most important thing is that she is discovering the joy of playing music and learning so many skills which are helping in her personal development. This is a lovely story and one which will encourage learners of any age.’


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