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A 5-Year-Old Violinist Virtuoso Dazzles The Audience With His Skill

Andre Rieu is a celebrated Dutch violinist, best known for creating the Johann Strauss Orchestra. He has earned multiple awards and honors over the course of his illustrious career but, surprisingly enough, he is not the star of this video. The real star here is Akima Camara, who was 5 years old at the time this footage was taken. Camara started playing violin at age two. Long before he had shed his diapers and stopped talking in toddler gibberish, Akim could already remember parts of music that he heard as well as the names of orchestral instruments.

By the time he was three, his musical instructors at the Marzahn-Hellersdorf School of Music had reached out to Rieu about Akim's talent. Rieu responded quickly and after an audition for him in which Akim left the entire orchestra members astonished with disbelief, he took the boy under his wing. He pays for all of Akim's instruction (musical and otherwise) and, other than the occasional performance, tries to keep him relatively out of the spotlight for the time being so that he doesn't become an "insufferable child prodigy."
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