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Jay Greenberg

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Jay “Bluejay” Greenberg (born 13 December 1991, New Haven, Connecticut) is an American child prodigy composer who entered the Juilliard School in 2002 and has composed numerous works.

He came to the world’s attention in part through the sponsorship of Juilliard instructor Samuel Zyman, who lauded Greenberg’s youthful talent during a CBS News 60 Minutes broadcast on 28 November 2004. “We are talking about a prodigy of the level of the greatest prodigies in history, when it comes to composition. I am talking about the likes of Mozart, and Mendelssohn, and Saint-Saëns.”

Greenberg composes primarily on his computer, utilizing a special music-notation program with which he can commit his ideas to paper and play his scores back on synthetic instruments. He has already written five symphonies and many other works. His most famous work is currently an Overture to 9-11, about the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. At the time of the attacks, he was living in Macedonia but has since returned to the United States. His father is an American and an accomplished pianist who makes a living as a Slavic linguist. His mother has no musical background, but Jay Greenberg found himself attracted to music from an early age, having begun playing the cello at the age of two after having displayed an obsession with the instrument by repeatedly drawing it and managing to spell out “CELLO” and having made his first attempts at composing at the age of three.

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  • bruno__________

    where is the prodigy, eight years after the Mozart - Mendelssohn - Saint-Saëns comparison?

    19 Sep 2012 Reply
  • LuigiNono

    Love the String Quintet! It might be called 'Mendelssohnian' :)

    11 Jul 2007 Reply