Take note: Twin piano prodigies

March 8, 2009 9:00:27 PM PDT
A double delight for classical music lovers these days. It's a double delight for classical music lovers these days at the Curtis Institute of Music in Center City.

A pair of identical twins, 20-year-old Christina and Michelle Naughton is tickling the ivories.

The girls are from Madison, Wisconsin and are studying here on full scholarship. Both have already performed live and on radio and T.V.

Does having a mirror image of yourself make the competitive pressures easier to take? Or harder?

"We're brutally honest with each other, to tell you the truth, but it means so much to have someone here with you to experience everything alongside you," Michelle Naughton said.

Both girls credit their mom with their love of music. She had them try the piano at age 4 for just 10 minutes a day; by the time they were in 4th grade, both had already made their debut with the Madison, Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra.

"When we started, it was like, maybe, ten minutes, twice a day or something like that, and there's always candy with it, which was a real plus for a 4-year-old," Christina Naughton said.

The twins tried tennis and cross country, but, amazingly, both girls kept coming back to the piano.

Incredibly, they never thought of playing together until friends recently suggested it. They now realize, being a piano duo could be plus to help them hit the big time.

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