WITH performances in front of crowds in Madrid, Venice and Tokyo, Sophie Stevenson has a record which any musician would be proud of.
But the fact that this particular musician is only 10 years of age makes this achievement even more impressive.
Sophie, of High Street, Woodville, has been playing the piano since she was just three, and with these trips in the past few years, her hard work has finally started to pay off.
Her mum Kerry, who runs the Yamaha Music School in Burton’s High Street, said: “She has been around music since she was a bump.
“I was really hoping she would enjoy music, and I would now like her to take it as far as she would like to
“She has had a fantastic opportunity, and I’m incredibly proud of her.”
Sophie, who is a pupil at Manor House School in Ashby, beat competition from 33,000 other entrants to take her place on the stage in the International Original Concert in Bunkamura Hall in Tokyo.
She is the only British child ever to be asked to participate in this event.
Other performances have been European concerts.
Closer to home, Sophie is a keen student at the music school in Burton, and often helps younger or more inexperienced pupils with their work.
Mrs Stevenson said: “She really enjoys helping the children.
“When they see another child doing it, it makes them think they can do it too.
“It’s great she’s helping others in this way.
“As well as her musical achievements, she’s a really nice little girl, and that makes me very proud.”
Sophie has been nominated for the achievement in performing arts award for her hard work.