San Diego 9-year-old boy dubbed piano prodigy

A 9-year-old boy is receiving international acclaim for being one of the youngest and most talented piano players.

“I just love piano and I don’t think about it; I just play,” said Malvyn Lai.  “I just move my fingers and it works.”

The fourth grader plays everything from Chopin to Beethoven, but said Mozart is his favorite because of how the music makes him feel.

Lai first fell in love with the piano at age four during his older sister’s music recital.

“I really liked the way the piano sounded like really grand so I asked my mom if I could play at age four but they said I was too young,” said Lai.

Within a year Lai began playing, his instructor Irina Bendetsky said that at the time, he couldn’t even reach the pedals but he was already playing the classics.

“Melvin is very special. As a boy and as a musician; he is a musician already I can name him that,” said Bendetsky.

The young pianist has already performed at the renowned Carnegie Hall in New York City five times and has received countless awards.

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