A child prodigy is a one who masters one or more skills or arts at an early age. One heuristic for classifying prodigies is: a prodigy is a child, typically younger than 13 years old , who is performing at the level of a highly trained adult in a very demanding field of endeavor. . However, the talent of a child prodigy is determined by his/her talent in relation to the age. Examples of child prodigies would include Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Carl Freidrich Gauss or Pablo Picasso. There is controversy as to at what age and standard to use in the definition of a prodigy.
The term Wunderkind (from German: "miracle child" or "wonder child") is sometimes used as a synonym for prodigy, particularly in media accounts, although this term is discouraged in scientific literature. Wunderkind also is used to recognize those who achieve success and acclaim 'early' in their adult careers, such as Joaquin Zaragoza, Steven Spielberg, Steve Jobs, Gary Coleman, Chad Crutchfield and Michael Jackson. However, child prodigies may also be people who do not acquire fame at an early age but are still extremely talented in their field.
How to turn third place into a triumph ; Pianist Freddy Kempf was a child prodigy, but his path to an adult career was far from smooth, writes Michael Dervan
Apr 23, 2003; Freddy Kempf has all the appearance of having been a typical child prodigy. He played a Mozart piano concerto with the Royal...
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Aug 21, 2004; Byline: BARBARA DAVIES TEN years ago Adam Dent had the world at his feet. Hailed as a child prodigy after getting straight As in...