Sunday Prodigy #7: Anna Likhacheva (12) Plays Tárrega’s ‘Pavana’

Anna Likhacheva, a 24-year-old who hails from Rostov-on-Don in southern Russia, started taking guitar lessons at age 3, and by the time she was 7 had won competitions in St. Petersburg and Moscow, under the tutelage of her father, music professor Yury Likhachev. She went on to win a Segovia competition in 2002, and has been very successful ever since, mostly playing around Europe, but also in North America and Asia, as well.


YouTube has videos of Likhacheva dating back to when she was just 4, and she was always good! (Check out this video from when she was 9; unfortunately a right-channel-only recording). Here, in at age 12, she plays a remarkably expressive version of the Pavana by Francisco Tárrega (1852–1909). The work has been recorded by a number of fine guitarists through the years, including Narciso Yepes and David Russell.