5-Year-Old British Columbia Piano Prodigy Plays Carnegie Hall

5 Years Old Ryan Wang Plays Russia Variations on a Theme by S.MaykaparRyan Wang started playing piano at the age of 4 with Ms. Fafan Xiao. Ryan has competed and achieved honors and scholarships in numerous Canadian piano competitions like BCRMTA, NSMF, CMTAC etc. In Vancouver Kiwanis Music Festival, Ryan was awarded the most outstanding performance in both 2013 and 2014, and was selected to perform in…2013-01-20T09:55:48.000Z

A 5-year-old piano prodigy from West Vancouver wowed the audience at Carnegie Hall on Sunday, playing the challenging Variations on a Russian Theme.

Ryan Wang, who’s had piano lessons for only a year, was invited to play at the Carnegie Hall showcase by American Protégé, an organization that seeks to encourage young musicians.

He won the spot by submitting three videos of himself playing.

According to his mother, Iris Wang, Ryan sang before he could speak and spent hours playing on an electric keyboard before she sent him for formal training.

She told the CBC:

Music is his passion. It’s something… he loves it and he’s willing to do it and willing to learn. As a mom I will support him and follow his passion to be the best.

Ryan said he enjoyed his time in New York, and that he even managed to fit in a trip to the zoo and a museum.

He’s also been invited to perform in Italy and will make an appearance with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra.

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