Not every serious student of classical music aspires to play in a symphony. Check out these popular artists who honed their skills with classical study, but have brought their talents to the popular stage.
Grammy Award winner and R&B legend, Alicia Keys is well known for her multimillion-selling albums, three octave vocal range and movie star looks. But she is also an accomplished pianist, who began studying classical music at age seven. Here’s a glimpse of her in a classical mood, playing Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata.
Luka Šuli? and Stjepan Hauser know a thing or two about playing the cello. The classically trained musicians met at a master class in Croatia while still in their teens. Sulic went on to study at the Royal Academy of Music and Hauser at the Royal Northern College of Music. This Croatian duo is positively electrifying, and this YouTube video has had over 35 million views. It’s easy to see why.
A top female singer-songwriter for decades, Tori Amos won a full scholarship to the Preparatory Division of the Peabody Conservatory of Music at age 5, becoming the youngest person ever to be admitted to the prestigious music school. Her twelfth album, Night of Hunters, took inspiration from classical pieces across the last 400 years. It featured respected classical performers including young Polish string quartet Apollon Musagète and Berlin Philharmonic principal clarinetist Andreas Ottensamer.