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The name Mozart is synonymous with the word prodigy. He certainly displayed incredible talent as a composer, pianist and violinist at a ridiculously young age. Mendelssohn is usually ignored in the conversation about prodigies, but he was no less extraordinary and topped Mozart in at least one way. He was composing masterpieces as a teenager, several years before Mozart wrote anything comparable.

Jeffrey Engel will compare the two youngsters and let you decide who was the more remarkable.


 Engel graduated from Ithaca College. He lived in Paris for fourteen years where he studied cello. As a cellist, he played with numerous orchestras in France including that of the Paris Opera, performed in chamber ensembles and taught in municipal conservatories.

Engel has been giving lectures devoted to music history in colleges, libraries, retirement communities and other venues for some fifteen years.Since 2004 Mr. Engel has taught at Northwestern Connecticut Community College. He was a contributor to the 2001 edition of the “New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians.” In 2010 he was selected by ‘Litchfield Magazine’ as one of the fifty most influential people in Litchfield County