A Spokane girl will make music history next week when she competes in one of the most prestigious accordion competitions in the world.
In September, Naomi Harris, 12, qualified for the 62nd Trophee Mondial. Organizers said Harris is the youngest musician to ever qualify for the event. Harris will compete against 45 musicians from 20 countries.
"I'm like scared out of my mind," said Harris. "But, at the same time I'm so happy to be here and I want to have as much fun as possible. I worked so hard for this, this is a really huge deal."
Harris first picked up the accordion four years ago. But, before she started she had to convince her parents she was serious. Harris admitted she tried to play the guitar a few years ago and it didn't work out.
"When I was 7, I picked up guitar. I quit after three weeks, which was tragic because I didn't practice once," she said.
But, the accordion was different.
"It sounds really nice, the music it makes is so emotional, it takes you into the story," she said.
Harris practices for an hour a day, seven days a week. All those hours on the accordion have paid off.
The competition will be held at the Bing Crosby Theater Oct. 24-27. This is the first time the event has been held in the United States. Harris is scheduled to compete on Friday.
More information can be found here. (http://www.worldtrophyaccordion.org/)