When you hear Timothy Callobre, 10, play classical guitar, you'll be astounded to find out that he's only been at it for a little more than two years. Tim knew he wanted to play guitar from the time he was 4 years old, but he doesn't remember what originally piqued his interest. "It just seemed fun," he remembers. He performs Villa Lobos' Choros No. 1.
"Gioco" means "playful" in Italian, which is why the Gioco String Quartet may be the perfect name for this lively crew of 11- to 13-year-olds. The group has been together for three years. They perform Stone's Second Miniature String Quartet.
Helen McGarr, 12, has an older brother and sister, who both play musical instruments. She says she started playing music because she wanted to be more like them. She performs Frances Poulenc's Flute Sonata, 1st mvt.
Unlike most young musicians, Eunice Kim, 12 never gets nervous before a performance. "I've never really had stage fright before," she says. "I really like playing in front of people, and when I play in front of a lot of people I think I actually play better." She performs Wieniawsky's Polonaise Brillante No. 1 in D Major.