Move over, Mr. Holland! Your opus is totally 1995. Our new favorite music conductor is 11-year-old Matthew Smith, who directed a 75-piece orchestra this past weekend. A music buff since he was much younger, it seems like it was a total dream come true for Smith.
It was actually Smith’s debut performance with such a large ensemble, and likely not his last. Taking place at the Royal Concert Hall in Nottingham, Smith had his group play Johann Strauss’ operetta Die Fledermaus. We’ve got a feeling that’s, uh — not really a typical starter-piece when you’re leading an orchestra. Call it a hunch.
Watch and enjoy a snippet of Smith totally knocking it out of the park.
We know that Smith would probably hate it if we used the word “adorable,” so — ahem. We won’t. We will say that we’re sure his parents are incredibly proud of him.
“I don’t know if conducting will be my future but I will carry on doing music. I know one day that I will conduct again,” Smith said in an interview with the Nottingham Post. “Staying in time and knowing when to go and when to stop – that’s what makes a good conductor.”
Smith plays violin, as well as drums, piano, guitar, and viola. Again, he’s only 11.
If you can’t get enough of Smith — and we don’t blame you — here’s another video of him being incredible.
We’ve got a feeling this kid has quite a bright future ahead of him.