A precocious talent, he joined New York City Ballet aged 16 and after a season with Zurich Ballet returned as soloist, becoming principal in 1995.
A precocious composer (his earliest anthems date from c. 1663), he was sent to France and Italy about 1664 to study the latest fashions in music.
As a child growing up in Moray, Caledonian Thistle's manager was nicknamed Pele because of the precocious talent which saw him signed by Manchester United as a 15-year-old.
There's still something of the precocious child about him.
Neil Tarrant, on loan from Aston Villa, has provided the impetus with his precocious ability to score important goals.
A precocious child, he read voraciously and soon revealed an extraordinary aptitude for languages.
He seems to have been aware of this from adolescence: certainly from the time when, in his early twenties, he lived and worked in Rome under the patronage of a bevy of cardinals who admired his precocious talents.
When you realise how precocious was the talent of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, you can only pray he was a nice kid.
His precocious ability recognised, he would go on to win the same scholarship held by Daniel Barenboim and Itzhak Perlman and to play at the Carnegie Hall.
She was a precocious child, it would seem, and already demonstrating where her adult interests would come to lie.