Chinese piano whizz-kid hits a chord with charity concert medley

Youngster is also fluent in English and German, is learning Spanish and recently completed his first novel

PUBLISHED : Monday, 06 November, 2017, 4:55pm
UPDATED : Monday, 06 November, 2017, 9:43pm

A 10-year-old whizz-kid in southwestern China is making headlines for tickling the ivories and tapping out a novel in English, the Chengdu Business News reported on Monday.

The boy, identified only as Ruirui, staged a 90-minute charity concert late last month in Chengdu, Sichuan province, with all the proceeds going to Unicef.

He played a series of classical piano works as well as two he adapted himself as part of a bigger goal to learn about philanthropy, Ruirui’s mother was quoted as saying.

She said the boy started playing the piano as a toddler and now practised three hours a day. The family moved from their home in Shanxi province in 2013 so that Ruirui could learn piano from a teacher at a music college in Chengdu.

Ruirui also started his language studies when he was two years old and is now fluent in both English and German, the report said. He was now learning Spanish, his mother said.

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Ruirui finished his first 13,000-word fantasy novel in English in the spring and is working on a second, the report said.

She said she and her husband – who both studied in Germany – were surprised by Ruirui’s quick progress, attributing his achievements to a combination of parental guidance and the child’s own interest.

She said the child was patient but a normal boy with shortcomings, such as in sport.

However, not all the attention was positive.

“The rich have the money and time to guide their children’s study to be outstanding; the poor ones don’t even have the time to check on their children’s homework so they remain poor,” one commenter on wrote on news portal 163.com.