The child prodigy in my heart.
Updated: Oct 27, 2019
On a warm summers day while visiting his father’s family, a young boy sat on the bench in front of an upright piano and began playing. His fingers danced across the keys producing sounds that resembled the warbling of fairies. Music emanated from the instrument which was sprightly and inexperienced yet lovely and unexpected. Tears welled up in the eyes of family members gathered. A haze of awe hung in the air. It was as if he were channeling the spirit of Mozart , Beethoven or Van Cliburn. This was truly surprising for the family not because the music was so exquisitely played but because this boy was only two years old.
That was the first time me and my family had heard the first sounds of this virtuoso prodigy. This boy was my nephew, Nathan Fenstad.
Nathan is the only child of my brother Kurt and his wife Lorelli. Nathan continues to play; he is now just seven years old. Up until a year ago he had never had a lesson. Every note he played was learned by ear. By the age of five, he was already creating his own compositions and playing everything from jazz to Rock on the family piano and keyboards. On the day he auditioned for a spot in the student body of the prestigious Colburn School of Music in Los Angeles, California; a school with an acceptance rate of 8%, Nathan was accepted in less than an hour.
Below is a video of a recent visit to a local Costco store in Los Angeles with his parents. Please watch to the end as you can see the crowd around them growing larger as he effortlessly entertains them playing his OWN compositions as well as “Come Sail Away” written by Dennis DeYoung of the rock group Styx.