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Piano prodigy could play Ode To Joy at 18 months old

Mozart-loving primary school pupil to play at the Royal Albert Hall

02 March, 2018 — By Helen Chapman

Alec Imamovic

A MOZART-loving primary school pupil has told how he learned to play the piano before the age of two – and is now set to perform at the Royal Albert Hall.

With an incredible ear for music, Alec Imamovic says he could play Ode To Joy on a family keyboard when he was only 18 months old. Now aged 10, Alec, who goes to St Patrick’s Primary School in Kentish Town, is set to be one of the stars of the Camden Schools Music Festival later this month.

His mother Rossana told the New Journal: “His hands were so small he could barely reach the keys. We realised he could play the songs just after hearing the notes, so we asked a professional to meet him.”

The family got a piano from the Camden Free Cycle scheme in 2011 and there has been no looking back with Alec composing his own songs.

“He has always been interested in something deeper, rather than kids stuff,” said Ms Imamovic. “But at the end of the day he’s still a kid. We are very proud. It’s much more than a parent can expect.” Teachers have told Alec he has a “perfect pitch” ear for music where he can recognise a musical note from just hearing it. He also plays the guitar, recorder, trumpet, trombone and drums and is a Grade 5 piano player – his favourite composer is Mozart.

Alec also sings in the school choir. At the schools concert on March 12 – a celebration held every two years – he will be playing The Wondrous Machine, composed by James Redwood with the help from pupils of Swiss Cottage, Gospel Oak and St Patrick’s. Alec has edited and composed his own version of The Wondrous Machine five times.

He said: “It is very fast with lots of changes. It has a high speed and tempo so it is fun to play.” In 10 years’ time, Alec says, he sees himself at university studying music. He says if he doesn’t become a musician, he would like to be an author. He added: “My favourite books are the Harry Potter series.”

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