Reasons to Love Toronto 2014: #23. Because We Raise Musical Prodigies
Coco Ma (left),
13, Leaside, piano
Last fall, she was one of only 12 students chosen to study with piano phenom Lang Lang in Munich. “He’s a really, really cool guy,” she says.
Goal: To be as big as Lang Lang.
Mercedes Cheung (centre),
12, Unionville, violin
In 2012, she became the youngest artist ever to record Paganini’s 24 Caprices, which she played on her 1775 Josef Guadagnini Cremonensis violin. She nailed the entire two-hour piece in one take. She has a full scholarship to Juilliard.
Goal: To be as big as Itzhak Perlman.
Ebony Oshunrinde a.k.a. WondaGurl (right),
17, Brampton, beats
At age 16, she produced beats for “Crown,” one of the tracks from Jay-Z’s platinum-selling album Magna Carta Holy Grail, using the music software FL Studio. She’s now making beats for Travis Scott, Drake and Kendrick Lamar.
Goal: To be as big as Timbaland.