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Michael is a 13-year-old from Palm City, Florida, who says playing the violin is his passion in life. Afterreading A New Earth, an Oprah's Book Club selection, with his mom, he says he could feel its influence in his performances.

"It affects my violin playing so much because you have to be in the moment. You can't think about the future or the past when you play the violin," he says. "It's amazing."

Michael performs "Zigeunerweisen" by Pablo de Sarasate. "Wow," Oprah says. "The truth is, even if you don't listen to a lot of violin music, you can feel his passion and you know that was good."
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FROM: Oprah's Search for the World's Smartest and Most Talented Kids
Published on November 17, 2008

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