by Chen Wang
Young Violinist Practices on
Ramon Paret, 11, was born in
Berlin. He started to play violin when he was 5 years old,
according to his father, Hans Ulrich Paret. He is going to a
public school. He is also taking horse riding and swimming
classes after school.
Paret also plays violin on the
street near the Memorial Church “Gedachtniskirche” in Berlin
every afternoon except Sunday.
Ramon Paret has played violin
on the street for four or five years now, his father said, and
he sometimes makes good money at it. In the beginning, Paret
didn’t want to play violin – his father said that he had to
fight to get Ramon to learn how. Now Ramon makes about 20 to 80
Euros a day on average. One day he made over 100 Euros during
the Christmas season. The money helps to pay for his horse
riding and swimming classes.
Ramon’s father said that his
son’s goal is to be a violinist in an orchestra or to be a
freelance musician. Ramon can play famous classical music such
as Mozart, but most of the time he likes to play folk music.
During free time at home, Ramon likes to read books like Harry
Potter and watch Disney cartoons. “He [Ramon] loves Mickey Mouse
and Donald Duck,” his father said. “He’d love to go to Disney
World in the United States.”