8-Year-Old Virtuoso

Maya Tamir, eight years old, playing with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. Amazing!

Comments (39)

(39) Geo Tavernaris, October 23, 2012 12:56 AM

Praise God in Heaven

This child does NOT play the piano. She simply places her fingers on the keys and the music flows and streams right out the tips. This is most amazing, wonderful and beautiful. I wonder if we will hear sounds more lovely in Heaven. She is an angel.

(38) miriam, December 11, 2011 4:13 AM

amazing performance; a true musical genius all-around

Wow!! What a beautiful and flawless performance. Concerto's are difficult, as the soloist has to be listening and singing along with the music and then chime in at the appropriate times. Her memory is perfect, her grace, her poise and the way her little body sways with the music just shows how musically mature this young lady is beyond her years. She seems to feel the music in her bones and she becomes the music!! As someone who plays piano, I can really appreciate her musical genius. A thoroughly adorable and brilliant child! Kudos to her for all her hard work, and to her parents for nurturing her talent.

(37) musiclover, June 25, 2011 8:35 PM


(36) Yocheved, June 21, 2009 7:46 PM


Kudos to the parents who recognized her talent. Kudos to the little girl whose many hours of practice obviously have paid off. I, too, was supposed to have been a child prodegy, except that I had friends who convinced me that classical music was a waste of time! Now, 50 years later, I finally have the time to get back to my practicing! Keep up the good work, Maya! Don't let anyone interfere with your concentration and success...

(35) Robert, June 19, 2009 9:00 AM

Greater works than these will thou do.

I never cease to be amazed at the things men and women can accomplish. It seems that our only limitation is our faith, or lack thereof.

(34) LuAnn Lee, June 16, 2009 9:33 PM

My heart is truly blessed hearing the music as played by this precious child - may God continue to be with her and bless her and guide her as she grows and matures into adulthood

(33) Carole, June 13, 2009 9:18 PM

a joy to watch and listen

What a gem - a truly gifted little maidele - may her talent grown from strength to strength and her passion for music never fail. I too hope her parents are mindful that she is only a child and ensure her life is balanced appropriately. Carole from Australia

(32) Ann, June 13, 2009 2:35 AM


What a sublime performance. My husband and I both rose to give the little virtuoso a standing ovation. She is an enormously little girl and will have a great future but don't let her miss out on her childhood.

(31) Bobbi Jo Free, June 13, 2009 12:58 AM

So naturally artistic and graceful

It would seem that the wonderous gift that Maya Tamir was born with has been carefully honored by her parents and teachers. I love her natural ability to move so gracefully with the music. It's a necessary ability to truly express the flow of the music as it was intended to be heard. So beautiful to see and hear a childs ability to pay homage to the piece in this way. I look forward to her continued freedom as she shares with us more such unique and precious performances. Braavo to such a gifted child.

(30) Katrin, June 12, 2009 2:46 PM

Amazing connection to the Light of the creator.

(29) Chana Ruth, June 9, 2009 6:47 PM

George Lowry is right

This child does have tremendous talent, but all that bobbing around can be overcome. I am also a pianist, from early childhood. She should observe other concert pianists. We look forward to her lovely performances for many years to come. B'H

(28) pnina, June 9, 2009 7:29 AM

An amazing accomplishment. I would love to hear you recite your brachot and tefillot with the same beauty and fluency.

(27) Iris Michelle Moskovitz, June 8, 2009 8:05 PM

A totally mesmerizing experience!

What an amazing little lady! May her parents continue to "shep nachas from her" bis 120. I just hope that all the attention will not have a negative effect on her. People need to realize that she is only 8 years old, realistically. She still has a whole childhood to experience. I hope that her parents and teacher remember that well.

(26) GEORGE ARIAS, June 7, 2009 7:36 PM

responding to George Lowy


(25) Ingolf, June 7, 2009 9:32 AM

Ko Le'Chaj

Mechaje Nefashot. Thanks

(24) George Lowy, June 6, 2009 10:12 PM

Gifted and mature beyond her age...

Very enjoyable performance for such a young child. Pity that her teacher does not tell her that the gyrations of her head and body are not necessary, on the contrary, they are distracting form her beautiful playing. I enjoyed her performance more when I listened, btu did not watch her.

(23) Maree Selzer, June 4, 2009 7:39 PM

Beautiful. Definitely a gift from God. Thankyou.

I so enjoyed your performance, Maya. You are absolutely incredible. Thankyou Maya for sharing your gift with the world. We are all the better for it, and I thank God for you and your dedication to your gift.

(22) Yael, June 4, 2009 5:02 PM



(21) ata, June 4, 2009 12:37 PM

although i agree that this child truly has a gift, i must say- people only seem to notice others who have extraordinary talents which exceed boundries. we must remember that every one of us is extremely special, likened exactly to Hashem's will. i also feel a bit sorry for this girl- who knows where this fame could lead her? people will no longer see her as a regular child. such fame is not so good for such a young person. she may never see a normal childhood.

(20) Anonymous, June 3, 2009 5:08 PM

She's gooooooooooooooooood never knew an 8 year old is that goooooooooooooood!!!

(19) Ma. del Consuelo de Sabre, June 3, 2009 12:23 PM


What a beautiful gift. This girl is an angel sent by our God. Jew people are gifted in so many things. I have a niece who really wants to learn, but we do not have the money in Mexico to learn piano is very expensive.

(18) Harold Robbins, June 3, 2009 10:33 AM

She's enjoying it

That's what makes the difference. She is great because she is "playing". It is God's gift of talent, but it is her exercise of that talent in joy that makes her different.

(17) Aryeh Akiva, June 3, 2009 1:00 AM

What a beautiful experince! Thank you Aish.

(16) jeffrey bender, June 2, 2009 9:37 PM

kin of mozart, perhaps?!

a plus for the pianist, D minus for the audience for interrupting the performance with premature applause. it seems almost inconceivable that so many in the audience could know so little about classical music!

(15) Chaya, June 2, 2009 11:42 AM

Sorry, Mom

Now, I understand what my mom had in mind when she forced me to practice the piano every day from the time I was 7 to when I reached age 13 and refused to do it anymore. Talent is a gift from G-d.

(14) Silloo Madan, June 2, 2009 11:24 AM

I have watched this video over and over again, and each time, being more captivated by the musicality and amazing performance ability of this wonder child!May she go on to a bright and brilliant future in the Music world.A true Prodigy indeed!

Would love to see more works played by her. Please keep us informed. Credit to the child, her parents and teacher!

(13) Anonymous, June 2, 2009 10:52 AM


she needs to make a tour in the US with the orchestra so that we may see her perform live! it would be a much more enthralling experience, but nevertheless i wish her a lot of luck and congradulate her on her talent!

(12) Feroza LaBonne, June 2, 2009 7:10 AM

But Who is theteacher?

A musically gifted child can only flourish in the right environment, and so hats off to the teacher and parents who make this possible. Only a prodigious teacher who is a virtuoso teacher, can create a virtuoso performer.

(11) silloo Madan, June 2, 2009 12:08 AM

What incredible talent! Truly a blessed and gifted child! A true joy to behold!

A true gift from Heaven!! It's incredible! What talent! God be praised for giving the world such beauty to listen to in this peace less time!

(10) Leonor E. de Gàmez, June 1, 2009 11:33 PM

I would love to be the mother of this awesome child and listen to her practice everyday. Needless to say, share her keen sensitivity to music.

(9) benjy, June 1, 2009 5:47 AM

a rare genuis! may she merit to use her gift from G-D to praise, glorify, & sanctify Him.

(8) judith zvaig, June 1, 2009 3:36 AM

She does not play music, she becomes music herself !

Maya is not even reading the musical notes!!!! All by heart, or rarther from her heart Thanks Aish for sharing this

(7) Norma Ortiz, May 31, 2009 10:19 PM

Truly gifted of G-d

This little girl is amazing! Thank you for sharing her with the world! I feel so blessed listening to her.

(6) Cynthia Klein-Cuomo, May 31, 2009 6:51 PM

~A thing of beauty~ is a joy forever~

This very young~ and most beautiful girl~ has talent beyond measure~ thankyou, for allowing me, the privilege of watching and hearing~such an outstanding performance~ one to be remembered always~ So beautiful~

(5) Zarina Mehta, May 31, 2009 5:52 PM


(4) Shlomo Goldberg, May 31, 2009 12:32 PM

Baruch Hashem for another prodigy

What a mature and magnificent performance. A pity about the ignorance-laden applause by the audience.Kol Hakavod to her for not being thrown by it.

(3) Alice, May 31, 2009 12:11 PM

Amazing 8 year old.

Thank you for allowing others to hear this amazing child play the piano.

(2) Jerald, May 31, 2009 9:25 AM

A Gift From G-D

This must surely prove that every life at any age is so precious & must be protected as witnessed by this unbelievable piano performance by an eight year old girl ! What say you ? Jerald

(1) ruth housman, May 31, 2009 9:15 AM

Maya Tamir

What a remarkable gift! She plays like an angel with such grace. Thank you for streaming this music.


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