Olivia Chiang stopped by the showroom last week with her father James, who is also her teacher. Olivia is just 12 years old, but you’d never know that from listening to her play. Olivia started playing the piano at the age of five and switched to guitar by the time she was seven (and I ‘d say the switch seems justified). Here she is playing Bach’s Prelude and Allegro from BWV998 on a 1995 Edmund Blochinger and Tarrega’s Capricho Arabe on a 2011 Tobias Berg. I expect we’ll be hearing a lot more from Olivia in the future.

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5 Responses to “Video – Olivia Chiang at GSI”

  1. Tom says:

    FYI, only L. channel on last video.

  2. peter says:

    For a twelve year old, that was lovely.
    I realize that this is a generalization but, none the less, I don’t know what it is about the asian mind but they have an uncanny ability to attack and accomplish things that are outside their cultural sphere. Their musical abilities are remarkable. It’s almost as if where in others where there is a gene that says, ‘I can’t do this’, in them there is only a void.

    • Niklas Buckingham says:

      That’s more than a generalization. Love of education and hard work has nothing to do with race. Besides, there are a thousand 12 year olds who play guitar and none of them have her God given talent.

  3. Lan says:

    Such a lovely talented young lady. Like father like daughter, I think.
    I enjoyed very much.
    Thanks for sharing

    • Peter says:

      I think love of education and hard work has a lot to do with race. I don’t believe that it’s just a coincidence that these folks are such high achievers and though there may be ten thousand 12 year olds who play the guitar, I believe that many of them are just as talented but due to the lack of encouragement and hard work (and not necessarily education) most children do not climb to such lofty perches. Whether her talent is God given is conjecture and another argument.


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