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Latino Daily News

Monday March 5, 2012

9-Year Old Piano Prodigy Performs with Mexican Philharmonic

9-Year Old Piano Prodigy Performs with Mexican Philharmonic

Photo: Daniela Liebman Piano Prodigy, Mexico

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A 9-year-old pianist made her solo debut over the weekend with the Jalisco Philharmonic Orchestra in western Mexico, opening the orchestra’s season.

Daniela Liebman, who has performed in the United States, Spain and Italy, played pieces by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and other classical composers during her appearance in her home state of Jalisco.

“I love to play because you can make people feel things that you can’t make them feel with words,” Daniela told Efe after signing autographs and posing for photos with fans on Sunday night.

The young pianist performed with the philharmonic orchestra at the Teatro Degollado in Guadalajara, the capital of Jalisco.

Daniela, who comes from a family of talented musicians, is considered a child prodigy because she started playing the piano at the age of 3 and turned professional at the age of 6, her teacher, famous teacher, composer and conductor Anatoly Zatin, told Efe.

Daniela’s life is like that of most girls her age from Monday to Wednesday, attending the 4th grade, doing chores, playing video games and exploring the Internet.

The rest of the week, however, Daniela is in Colima, located about 200 kilometers (124 miles) from Guadalajara, where Zatin serves as director of the Instituto Universitario de Bellas Artes.

Daniela spends between three and four hours a day at the piano, putting in “a pretty intense session,” Zatin said.

Daniela’s hard work has paid off, allowing her to perform at the Varallo International Piano Festival in Milan, Italy, the Elan Piano Festival in Texas and in numerous concerts in various Mexican states.

“It hasn’t been hard because you can’t get nervous about doing something that you like to do,” Daniela, who won Madrid’s Noche music contest last year, said.