‘AGT’ Judges Can’t Believe This 9-Year-Old Pianist’s Extraordinary Talent [VIDEO]

Jill O'Rourke | Talent Recap

Incredible talent comes from people of all ages on AGT. One amazing example is Adrian Romoff, the 9-year-old pianist who blew the judges away in Season 9 of the show.

Adrian also had some great things to say to the judges before he performed. Check out his audition in the video below, and read on to find out what the judges thought of his performance.

Adrian Romoff auditions for “AGT.”

Adrian Romoff Auditions For ‘AGT’

Before his audition, Adrian shared that he’s also good at science, but pointed out, “You can’t be a doctor at age 5, correct? You can be a musician, though.” He said he uses piano to express his feelings to the audience.

The judges were shocked to hear that Adrian is in eighth grade at 9 years old. He explained that he skipped five grades. “You’re that smart?” Heidi Klum asked him. “According to reality, yes,” Adrian said, making the audience laugh.


Adrian stepped up to the keyboard and played “Flight of the Bumblebee” at an incredibly fast speed, knocking over his seat as he put all his energy into the performance. Howie Mandel was so impressed, he stood up before the performance was over.

Howard Stern said he was “utterly and thoroughly confused,” and wondered how much of the music was from a track. So Adrian offered to play another song for the AGT judges. This was was slower.

Watch Adrian Romoff perform in 2019.

What Did The Judges Think Of Adrian’s Performance?

Howard said Adrian “cleared my confusion” with the second song. He said he did a “really good job.” Mel B said he “had me at hello,” and Heidi said she could listen to him all day.

“You are the future. You are absolutely brilliant,” Howie told him. “You are so far beyond your years. England has Harry Potter. We have you.” All four of the judges voted yes to send Adrian to the next round.


Although Adrian didn’t make it past the quarterfinals, that hasn’t stopped him from continuing to pursue music. He was accepted to Juilliard in 2014, and later appeared on Lifetime’s competition show Child Genius, winning a $100,000 college fund.

Above, you can watch Adrian perform Chopin with the Astana Opera Theatre Symphony Orchestra. He won First Prize and the Grand Prix at the Astana Piano Passion competition in 2019.


Jill O'Rourke
Jill O'Rourke

Jill O’Rourke is a contributor at Talent Recap, writing news stories and recaps for shows like ‘AGT,’ ‘The Voice,’ and ‘American Idol.’ She graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in English and Film Studies, and has been writing about pop culture since 2012, with previous bylines at Crushable and A Plus. Jill spends her free time binge-watching sitcoms and daydreaming about life as a hobbit

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