Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Little Kid Drums With Philharmonic Orchestra

An adorable 3-year-old boy Lyonya Shilovsky casually being a boss on the drums while playing with Novosibirsk Symphony Orchestra. He enthusiastically beats along with a giant smile on his face, completely unaware that: 1. It's kinda a big deal to be playing with an orchestra, and 2. He's totally owning it.

Watch as the boy stays ecstatic and dedicated for the entire performance. Even when he loses a drum stick at the 1:02 mark, he quickly retrieves it and keeps pounding along as if nothing happened.

90 comments:

Anonymous said...

oh my god my mouth literately dropped open this is absoloutly phenomeneal

Anonymous said...

kid did good, in the end that guy just manhandled the poor kid...

Anonymous said...

Father's clapping was distracting. At times it overpowered the drums the son was playing!

Anonymous said...

Father's clapping was distracting. At times it overpowered the drums the son was playing!

Miss janbo said...

In America we would call this Dad a Helicopter Parent! Why couldn't he just move back and let his son drum on without the Dad's feverish clapping and overbearing presence. The son had it together. Let him handle the position that his parents put him into!

Ari said...

Perfect rhythm at at the age of 3! Unreal, THIS KID ROCKS!!!

Unknown said...

I thought he and his father were just great. As a parent of 3 boys I know I have acted just like his father did there. One of mine has his own band in Paris and so I can appreciate the little boy's father supporting him the way he did. Talented paeople are so very special, don't you think!

Anonymous said...

Shame on you negative people! This performance was absolutely delightful. The kid is just three. The father's clapping may have been helping the little guy keep time.

Wallis Leigh said...

This brought tears to my eyes ... such raw talent .... such a sweet kid ... his Dad was clapping along with the audience , showing appreciation of his son's talent. As he should ... I was filled with pride & he wasn't my child. May he continue to strive in whatever he chooses to do. God bless & protect him.

Anonymous said...

A Very Talented & Determined Lad Indeed!!EBE/T





Anonymous said...

Speechless!!! I thoroughly enjoyed this! Kid well raised!

Anonymous said...

Shame on the negative comments.... They must be from people without boys/kids or too old to remember the age at which they raised them! Dad did exactly what his boy needed, exactly when he needed it

Anonymous said...

Absolutely amazing performance at this toddler age!
Do not critize just enjoy this incredible protege!

Anonymous said...

It is traditional for the audience to clap along to this piece of music. I would have been surprised if they hadn't and the father was just clapping with them. The child is one to watch for as his music career moves forward!

DAVID said...

A private gift of a metronome along with a hug would have been appropriate.

Little is as available as an antagonizing clapping distraction for other listeners. Maybe shouting FIRE! would be more appropriate.

If this hurts, I apologize. It merely mirrors someone clapping or singing loudly in the midst of a performance.

Meaning well
DCB

Anonymous said...

From David

BIG MISTAKE JUST ABOVE, FROM DAVID OR DCB: CORRECTION HERE:

IMMEDIATE REACTION ABOVE IS IN RESPONSE TO OTHERS' NEGATIVE COMMENTS WITHOUT MY HAVING SEEN THE BOY GENIUS PLAY:
.

AFTER VIEWING THE BOY PLAYING THE DRUMS:

When Lincoln gave his Gettysburg Address, he asked a friend why nobody applauded. Just deafening silence.

FRIEND: They were stunned, just awed.

MYSELF, after hearing and watching the boy: "A Lincolnesque drummer". Re the Dad: I'm merely admiring and envious. Also, I'll remember his
name: Lionovsky as I recall. Probably based on lion or leo. WOW !!!

DAVID said...

IMMEDIATE REACTION TO OTHERS' NEGATIVE COMMENTS:
(WHEN I WROTE THE ABOVE, I THOUGHT THE DAD HAD BEEN IN THE AUDIENCE)


AFTER VIEWING THE BOY PLAYING THE DRUMS:

When Lincoln gave his Gettysburg Address, he asked a friend why nobody applauded. Just deafening silence.

FRIEND: They were stunned, just awed.

DAVID, after hearing and watching the boy: "A Lincolnesque drummer". Re the Dad: I'm merely admiring and envious. Also, I'll remember his
name: Lionovsky as I recall. Probably based on lion or leo. WOW !!! I THINK IT'S RELATED TO THE
HEBREW "ARYEH"
Play on! You budding artist!

Mazal Tov,
DCB

DAVID said...

IMMEDIATE REACTION TO OTHERS' NEGATIVE COMMENTS:
MY COMMENTS ABOVE WERE PREMATURE, MERELY RELATED TO NEGATIVE COMMENTS. CORRECTION:

AFTER VIEWING THE BOY PLAYING THE DRUMS:

When Lincoln gave his Gettysburg Address, he asked a friend why nobody applauded. Just deafening silence.

FRIEND: They were stunned, just awed.

MYSELF, after hearing and watching the boy play: "A Lincolnesque drummer". Re the Dad: I'm merely admiring and envious. Also, I'll remember his name: Lionovsky as I recall. Probably based on lion or leo. WOW !!! Equivalent to ARYEH, hebrew for Lion.

Play on, budding artist!
DCB

Anonymous said...

Not very good.

Anonymous said...

Hope the Dad learns to step back. The young man has an incredible talent and showmanship. I hope he continues to grow with it in a positive way.

Anonymous said...

This kid is "FANTASTIC" he is only 3 years young and has a great ear for rythym!!!! I love this kid!!! God Bless him and may he have a great career in the music business!! He totally ROCKS!! I loved what he was wearing and his hair style!!

Betty said...

This was fantastic. It was an absolute delight listening to him play the drums. I thought his father clapping behind him added to the enjoyment.

Anonymous said...

The mother blocking the view of the camera and audience bothered me more than the father.

nam vet! said...

All the "sourpuss's"can do their best to down put the young lad's talent. But it only exposes their lack of real talent and the jealousy felt because of that LACK! And the father has every right to be proud and to also be there. You "sourpuss's" can go choke on your own bile and suck your little untalented thumbs!!

Anonymous said...

amazing this kid picked his nose dropped one stick and still never missed a beat great to see talented kids

Lyle Chausse said...

Great to see such a supportive parent.

He did what he felt was right to support this young man and his talents.

Having a parent be there is so important in the first years.
How do you blame him for being caught up in the moment and excitement for his son?

Bravo!

Kids - enjoying art, parents participating in the kids explorations of art...what's the problem?

Relax folks. It's not a super bowl half time show. it's a young man with talent and his father is there for him.
the dad is not at the bar.
the dad is not being abusive.

the father is involved in his son's life.

amazing!

Teach the kid the Black Sabbath Catalogue now. Watch him take off!

LC

Jody said...

As a musician and a computer teacher of K-6th graders, I think this kid is FANTASTIC! To have that much rhythm and stage presence at age 3 truly is amazing!! The fact he was playing with a symphony orchestra just made his performance that much better -- even after scratching his nose and dropping his stick. I am in awe of this child!! Keep on playing, little dude!

Glady and Brian said...

This little boy is fantastic, the show was excellent. Hugs from British Columbia Canada!!
Glady and Brian

Anonymous said...

Amazing. That little guy has an incredible talent.

As a musician and a parent of a three year old, I'm assuming the dad's clapping was to help the son keep time when needed (and to show his pride, of course). Three is still very young and having a parent right there is very reassuring for young ones - I think the dad gave him what he needed to feel comfortable and play amazingly well.

Incredible.

SagesnifferNV said...

I’m in total agreement with all the positives above,...this toddler, essentially has great talent. I also saw he didn’t want to stop, after his initial solo, father saId,”that was enough, but he made a comment and a face” that he wanted to go on.

He’s got a genuine talent and a force that will command his recognition. I look forward to his future.

Yes, I was shouting with his gyrations and enthusiasm, and sense of rhythm. Wow!

Anonymous said...

This is a child prodigy. I know this because my father was one, playing with the Chicago Symphony at age 4, and able to play 40 different instruments.

Anonymous said...

What a star! He not only played like a genius, but more importantly, he ENJOYED what he was doing! BRILLIANT!

Anonymous said...

this 3 yr old boy was so talented, and adorable-loved the dew and bowtie! better than rickie ricardo jr and ringo combined. (I actually think the neg. comments are hysterical...really?!? hopefully youre all joking. you've obviously never been a parent; and for that I'm sorry)bravo dad, mom and your child prodigy!!!

Anonymous said...

This is such a fabulous video!! What an amazing little kiddo. A little comment to those who are negatively talking about the father's clapping -- this just goes to show that sometimes ignorance makes for foolish statements. I've performed in Russia before - and it is absolutely socially acceptable and common for audiences to clap along with orchestras....especially during marches.

Great job, kid.

Anonymous said...

The real challenge for that parent it seems to me will be to just let the young man find his own way and not end up with a Terence Fletcher at a Shaffer Conservatory music school. I wonder if Dad has seen WHIPLASH?

Anonymous said...

Just one word FANTASTIC!

Susan said...

Cute little boy, beaming father, a wonderful opportunity to display what may or may not be budding talents. The negative comments are silly and/or ignorant. Both kiddo and daddy behaved exactly as one would expect. A 3-year-old needs someone behind him to make sure he's OK and doesn't decide to, e.g., get up and explore (like a puppy). And, yes, the clapping was totally normal for that piece; dad only clapped with the audience.

maisry said...

Amazing sense of rhythm in one so young. He's a natural! I hope the parents get him some good earplugs right away.

kinnisingh said...

Little drummer boy, now that is great,
wish the young lad all the best

Anonymous said...

You people either have low standards or parents who did not cultivate your skill sets.

Anonymous said...

Susan's comment was pleasant to read and RIGHT ON! No criticisms are necessary! If you have nothing nice to say, say nothing at all. The kid has a future!

aragain82 said...

Let us just enjoy the moment and wonder at the skill of the little man.
If he takes it all further in the direction of music well and good. He might end up a Dr or a really good dad and work in a local store! Good luck to him the world needs all sorts.

BJK said...

AS AN OLD MAN SITTING IN MUMBAI, INDIA, I THOROUGHLY ENJOYED THE THE YOUNGSTERS ANTICS AND PERFORMANCE. MY WIFE WAS PASSING BY WHILE PLAYING WAS IN PROGRESS, HER FIRST REACTION WAS GOD BLESS THIS BOY. I TOO CONCUR WITH HER.

iblouok33 said...


Notice that ALL the negative comments were signed "Anonymous".

This child is amazingly talented. I have a great sense of rhythymn and I never noticed him 'losing the beat' except when he dropped his stick and, when he was interrupted, but when he was permitted to 'return' to his drumming, he ended it appropriately! Bravo young man!

Anonymous said...

Love this kid! So great!

Anonymous said...

Dad should have stayed out of sight. The kid was doing a GREAT job without him! IF Dad just HAD to be there, he should have at least been dressed appropriately...

Reverend Thomas Johnson said...

Really phenomenal hope the stays with it!

ORC350,Derbyshire. said...

Little drummer boy, now that is great,
wish the young lad all the best,Good luck to him.

Parent of a young boy said...

This little boy really has some talent. I hope he is able to thrive with his talents and still enjoy being a little boy along the way.

Anonymous said...

I was hooked to my seat in awe! Incredible, wonderful performance for a 3 year old kid!

Anonymous said...

I have no Nagative comments, he was really enjoying himself...What a wonderful child, such talent. His parents must be soo proud of him....

Kerri said...

Give us a break you poor whimpering creatures. Yes, he is much better than you will ever be. Yes he does have a very supportive parent he was right there with him - on stage. A 3 year old needs parental support - imagine if he had froze when he saw the audience.
I hope the little lad will still be able to enjoy his childhood & not be forced to practise, practise.

Anonymous said...

Wow. Just, wow. The kid's tempo was spot on.

Anonymous said...

Amazing Blessed and happy with his drum sticks to control his space. Hope to see him in the future. Such proud parents I'm sure. I was left with chills. Oh by the way I just wonder if he is potty trained yet.

anne binford said...

LOVED the solo; showed real talent in creativity and understanding of instrumental interactions. The father was giving small directives, very appropriate. So sweet of the director to bring him back on stage for accolades! Clearly headed for joy in music.
from Masters in Music/ Therapy
Percussion Major

Anonymous said...

Please please protect his little ears.

Anonymous said...

The little guy was not the slightest bit shy or needing direction and would have been allowed to let his own brilliant creativity soar without Dad's (to me) annoying interference.

Little guy's hair was delightful and what an adorable smile and whimsical personality. He needed to shine on his own. Dad was hogging the glory from him.

Anonymous said...

Those who criticize have never been around 3-year-olds. At the end, the dad was guiding the kid to where he was supposed to go. Taking care of kids that age is like herding cats.

Wonderful performance!!! Go for it little man. You are very talented to be able to remember all of the drum moves at that age. Yay little guy.

Gerry said...

The young man is very very talented and has a bright future ahead of him. It's a privilege to see such young talent perform at his early age. Keep up the good work young man. I wish I could see you perform in person. You definitely have a fan here.

Heather Arps said...

I don't think the clapping we hear is just the dad. The entire audience seems to be clapping as well...typical for that piece of music.
Clearly the boy is passionate about his drums. The rest is what adults put into it. The dad did a fine job managing the situation.

Charles Eschman said...

If I hadn't seen it with my own eyes I wouldn't believe it!

Anonymous said...

The clapping is just to help him keep time. There is a lot going on in that piece composition wise. Not to mention 50+ bandmembers and an enormous engaged audience to distract the little guy. Way to keep him focused, dad. And.. Kudos for fostering such a creative and talented young man.

Anonymous said...

I did that and better when I was 2 years old. And then I woke up from my sleep. WOW, what a talent.

Anonymous said...

Terrific kid. Am I jealous.

Anonymous said...

And I never drummed for my father.

Anonymous said...

Stop being so negative people!! You are ridiculous about something you know nothing about. You don't walk in Dad's shoes to know why he is clapping. Maybe the Dad is helping his son keep time. Regardless it didn't bother the star at all. An amazingly talented 3 year old! Did I just write 3 years old ?? Phenomenal is what comes to my mind. Dad kudos to you too!! I'm in awe of both of you!!!!

Unknown said...

Amazing talent!!
Am I the only one who noticed the boy was 1/2 beat off and his father started clapping to get him back on beat? Father was awesome, happens to be. (Kid got back on rhythm and the father stopped.)

charles said...

this kid is incredible……what a pleasure to watch him…..wow!!!!

Jane Noponen Perinacci said...

I am thouroughly impressed! This little boy is amazing.

Jane Noponen Perinacci

14 yr old drummer said...

that kid is really good! better than I'll ever be!

Kathy Schultheiss said...

WOW!!!!! Just WOW!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

i sarted playing when iwas 4. This kid is very good needs to stick with .Let the child play on his own

Anonymous said...

Awesome - at what age did he start playing the drums


Ninham

Unknown said...

Hey, '14 year old drummer' you're right this child is phenomenal! But, if you recognize that, you're good as well. Reach for the stars!

Anonymous said...

absolutely bloody brilliant child . . .long may he live to entertain us!!
His father was just clapping along with the rest of the audience . . .no distraction here, but a very proud father, and rightly so

Anonymous said...

MARVELOUS!! I feel so delighted and inspired!!

Alan Alfred said...

I had followed the entire career of the great Buddy Rich until he died and now I can see his soul never really left.

Van Steel said...

This youngster has been gifted with an enormous amount of fantastic talent and showmanship at such a young age. There is no doubt in my mind that with continued love and support, he will mature into being a top performing percussionist that we can all enjoy for years to come. Perfect practice makes perfect is what we were taught as childhood musicians. God speed little drummer boy!!

Anonymous said...

As retired old rocker .....Absolutely AMAZINIG !!! I wish I had dad like that .......Andy .

Anonymous said...

Great show, but not as much fun as the little Chinese drummer on facebook some months ago. He was a bit older but really enjoying himself.

Anonymous said...

its sooooo good bit in the beginning he picks his nose

Anonymous said...

to bad dad had to clap along, just sitting behind the kid would have been good enough

Patricia Ross said...

WOW! What a talent! This is what happens when parents pay attention to the talents and skills of their children. Children are full of them but they have to be developed and given the chance to express themselves.

Anonymous said...

What an absolutely amazing little boy. His sense of timing was spot-on & he wasn't at all put off by dropping his drumstick. I'll bet he has a great future ahead of him.

Anonymous said...

He will be a great drummer like Gene Krupa was in the 1940's and '50's

Anonymous said...

What a kid!! Good dad and I hope the support will be lifelong.Thoughouly amazing timing.

Kevin Genyn said...

This was so much more t5han just cute! This little guy has a gift that few of us do. His timing was terrific given his age.Parents,drums are more than just an instrument. When I felt stress or sometimes anger, I would take it out on my drums.What a great way to stay out of trouble lol.

Anonymous said...

Now do you believe in reincarnation

Anonymous said...

This kid has a gift
.I have nothing to bitch about like some above.want some cheese for that wine.

Anonymous said...

Wow I thought it was enjoying and fantastic to watch and hear and didn't see or hear anything wrong with the kid or the farther. Then I read all the negative comments from all those negative people.