While we normally make the connection between virtuoso musicians and classical music, we find virtuosos in a variety of musical genres. We could explore the lives of virtuosos and delve into the character traits and intelligence of virtuosos, but I have a better idea.
Often when I feel depressed or in a deep funk, I head over to YouTube and watch a virtuoso performance. Usually, I watch a soloist performing a concerto with a symphony orchestra, but sometimes, I tune into folkloric or jazz virtuosos in which there are many to choose. Ever watched a virtuoso Colombian or Venezuelan harpist perform? As I watch these performances, often times holding my breath, I lose myself in the performance and by the time the video ends, I forgot my worries and fears. I walk away feeling elated (and a bit envious of the talented performer that wowed an audience).
To get you started, I'm including five videos representing five different genres in which we witness a virtuoso performance.
Indian Classical (or traditional Indian music)
Latin American Harp