Wednesday, April 14, 2010
12-Year Old Guitar Prodigy Andreas Varady!
Born in Slovakia, Andreas Varady is of Gypsy descent and sounds like he's been playing guitar for 25 years -- except that he is only 12 years old! No repetitive pentatonic noodling or SRV-style posturing for this kid.
I think it would be safe to say that we haven't seen talent of this caliber at this age since 1978, when a 12-year old Bireli Lagrene emerged on the scene with a fully-formed technique in the Django Reinhardt tradition.
And like Bireli, Andreas also started playing the guitar at the age of four, under the tutelage of his father.
Now residing in Ireland, Andreas Varady is just getting known outside of his adoptive country, and it's just a matter of time before he gets onto the international music festival circuit. This kid is well on his way to a busy musical life.
Andreas has a bunch of clips on YouTube, and I am checking out each and every one.
Talk about an old soul.