“When someone calls me a prodigy, I say thank you”
Nathan Rinaldy is an exceptional musical talent
Nathan Rinaldy is 12 years old and taking lessons at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. His instrument is the flute, which he plays with a lot of love and passion. What does he think of Mozart? “With Mozart, you have to pay attention to every little detail. Otherwise it is not entirely Mozart. “
Nathan is impressive. At just 12 years old, he has seen as much of the world as many pensioners. The reason? Nathan is an outstanding flutist, who goes to school in Salzburg and takes lessons at the Mozarteum. He’s on the go around the whole world. And thus, not unlike our little “Wolfie”, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
“I have played in Australia, Hungary, Germany and many other places. I find travelling very interesting because I can see new things, for example a different culture and also the food. I also find it nice that music can be understood by everyone,” explains Nathan in an accent-free German.
Talent, energy and the love of music – the word “prodigy” is easily used here. What does Nathan say, when he is referred to as such? “Then I say thank you, and I thank my family and my teachers for helping me to be a prodigy.” But music is not all that Nathan does well. At school he excels in maths and speaks three languages fluently.
In his spare time, Nathan is often practicing, practicing, practicing! And the flutist loves to make music for several hours a day. The times when he has no desire to make music are almost never. However, now and then he also has to clear his head, and that’s best done by playing football with his friends.
Music has been a part of this 12 year old’s life for a long time. Already at the age of four he began to play the piano. At the age of seven, he received his first scholarship to play flute. Musical talent by the way runs deep in the Rinaldy family. Nathan’s sister plays piano very well, and the two children often practice together. Again and again the two can be found playing in Salzburg. More information can be found on the website of the Mozarteum University.