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Child Prodigy’s Impromptu Piano Performance in Costco (video)

Costco is known for their free samples. But, the giant superstore couldn’t have planned a better free offering if they tried… A very talented 9-year-old pianist gave an impromptu performance for shoppers.

Personally, I don’t shop at Costco. I go into sensory overload in giant superstores and they don’t offer much that I purchase. But, impromptu performances in public places can quickly gather an entertained audience, and it sure would have been fun to be there when Jake Clayton played a very fun arrangement of the traditional Hungarian folk dance, Csárdás.

Jake was nine years old at the time of this performance. Check out his YouTube Channel. He’s now 10 and his playing has matured since his Costco debut. (It’s also easier to shape phrases when seated at the piano, rather than standing.) His musicality is well beyond his young years and I look forward to hearing more of him.

If you were a shopper when Jake performed, would you have stopped and listened? Thanks for sharing your thoughts in a comment below.

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Lisa Spector is a concert pianist, Juilliard graduate, and canine music expert. She is co-founder of Through a Dog's Ear, the first music clinically demonstrated to calm the canine nervous system. Their new high-tech pet gadget, iCalmDog, is the portable solution to canine anxiety. Lisa shares her home and her heart with her two "career change" Labrador Retrievers from Guide Dogs for the Blind, Sanchez and Gina. Follow Lisa's blog here.


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2:34PM PDT on Sep 14, 2014

That was really beautiful and he's an amazing confident kid. Thank you for sharing!
(When you video you could shut up...)

3:37AM PDT on May 15, 2014

Wow - this kid is really good.

10:58AM PDT on Mar 23, 2014

Talent knows no bounds. Don and WE CAN! :-))

5:03AM PDT on Mar 18, 2014


10:36PM PDT on Mar 11, 2014

you go kid !!!
That was great. I do hope you have a great career in music. Thank you for sharing your talent with us all.

6:42PM PDT on Mar 11, 2014

You can tell that he does this because he loves it, not because some show-business mama is forcing him to. Hopefully he'll have a wonderful future ahead. Great video!

7:17AM PDT on Mar 9, 2014

it's great that kids can be so uninhibited and show their amazing talent

3:20AM PDT on Mar 9, 2014


1:34AM PST on Mar 9, 2014


10:41AM PST on Mar 8, 2014

Wonderful except for the rude women who felt the need to talk on and on, shame on them.

The boy is very talented and I am sure he knows he has and is a gift.

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