Young Composers

Stone Soup Magazine
June 2019

I started to compose when I was about 9 years old and wrote about 5 pieces of music. Back then I had played the piano for about 5 years already. I started to...

This clarinet trio was inspired by two ideas. First was my perspective from my own apartment. Skyscrapers, bridges, Central Park, and construction outlined the...

Abe Effress, 11, playing saxophone in Marina Del Rey I have been playing saxophone since I moved to Los Angeles from the mountains of Colorado four years ago....

Rik Bhattacharyya, who is twelve, in 2017 wrote this piano piece in response to some of the turmoil taking place in the world today. This is his thinking...

This lovely song by Kathleen Werth, 8, is beautiful musical moment. There are big formal pieces of music but there are also in all of our lives the songs we...

Frederick Ouseley (1825-1889) was a British musician and composer. He specialized in church music. He started writing music when he was three — his sister...

This lovely piano piece is written by Julius Ugo, age 10. Julius lives in Toronto, Canada. This is what he says about the piece, “My video is about waking up on...

Nathan Grabow, a young American composer and pianist performs his original composition entitled Concertino in G Minor for Piano and Strings. He wrote the piece...

Joey Alexander (born Josiah Alexander Sila; June 25, 2003) is one of the world’s most recognized child composer/musicians. Born in Bali, Indonesia, he began...

Most of these contests are open to children from primary and middle school — the primary age range of Stone Soup’s readers. As most of these contests also post...