Sujari Britt, 9 year old cello prodigy makes 2011 best list

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Nine year-old Sujari Britt has already played the cello for President and Mrs. Obama and was recently named to a list of 100 history makers in the making.

Sujari began playing her instrument at the age of five and has reached a level of proficiency few achieve at this early age, particularly on the cello.

reported that Miss Britt attends the Manhattan School of Music where she was named the 2010 recipient of the Dianne Flagello Pre-college Division. At the tender age of seven, she won the first place prize for her performance of Bach's Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major at the annual Associated Music Teachers League scholarship competition.

She was discovered by Michelle Obama in 2009 when the First Lady hosted a small recital for student musicians. To show how overwhelmed she was with Sujari's talent, the young girl was asked to step up to the bigger leagues and without much notice.

The very same night, the young cellist performed for the President and assembled members of Congress. She played a duet with a musician a bit older than her, well maybe more than just a bit. Along with 27 year-old Alisa Weilerstein the two played the first movement of Luigi Boccherini's Sonata for Two Cellos in C Major.

The Grio, a website dedicated to news focused on the African American community has issued its list of 2011's Top 100 in the Arts. It calls Sujari Britt one of their "History Makers in the Making." Enjoy the video of her duet with Ms. Alisa Weilerstein.


Submitted by Charlie Sopmmers (not verified) on
Awesome performance, I am appropriately awed. Thank you both for such a stirring rendition of this masterpiece.

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