Vietnamese - American piano child prodigy to perform in HCM City for first time

December 13, 2016 - 16:00

Vietnamese - American pianist child prodigy Evan Le will perform in HCM City on December 17 during his first visit to Việt Nam.

Dapper chap: Five year-old Vietnamese - American piano child prodigy Evan Le will come back to Việt Nam in December for a performance in HCM City. —Photo on facebook page of Evan Le
Viet Nam News

HÀ NỘI — Vietnamese - American pianist child prodigy Evan Le will perform in HCM City on December 17 during his first visit to Việt Nam.

Evan Le will perform at the SOUL Christmas Charity Concert located at the SOUL Live Project in district 3 of HCM City. The proceeds of the concert will go to the Trịnh Công Sơn Foundation to help talented Vietnamese children who are passionate about music.

The 5-year old will sing two songs written by musician Trịnh Công Sơn. He will also play piano with Vietnamese pianist Tuấn Mạnh.

“I am excited to watch him perform… I watched his performances on US television and I was very impressed and proud that he has Vietnamese origins,” said Trịnh Vĩnh Trinh, sister of Trịnh Công Sơn.

Singer Thanh Bùi, who invited Evan Le to perform in Việt Nam, said: “Bringing the world to Việt Nam, and then bringing Việt Nam back to the world and connecting the Vietnamese community to the world…That is the important thing I am determined to do. To do this, inviting international talents to Việt Nam is very important. If young talents in Vietnam meet Evan Le, they will be encouraged to pursue their passion”.

“In Việt Nam, some people think classical music is obsolete. But classical music is very important. We should understand the value of classical music to honour it,” he said.

Piano child prodigy

At five years old and having studied the piano for just two years, Evan Le is regarded as a child prodigy by fans when they watch him play music by Mozart, J.S. Bach, Beethoven and Alberto Ginastera.

Evan Le (officially Evan Duy Quoc Le) is considered an extraordinary boy.

Born to parents without any background in music, Evan’s musical journey was not easy.  However, he was attracted to the music at a very young age. By the time Evan was three, he was able to listen to simple nursery rhymes and play similar tunes on the piano, at first with one hand and then with both. In December 2014 Evan had his first piano lesson. Besides having perfect pitch, Evan reads and memorises music pieces incredibly fast. In addition, his ability to compose has amazed his teachers. 

Even though he was born in the US, he speaks Vietnamese fluently.  Besides playing piano masterpieces, he loves singing and playing Vietnamese music.

Last year, at the age of 4, he won third prize at the Vstar Kids event in the US, with only seven months of piano experience. Since then he became a Youtube phenomenon, with his videos attract millions of views.  

In  July 2016, he won first prize at the Southwestern Youth Music Festival , an annual music competition in California , which is devoted to children aged 11 and under.

In June 2016, he won first place at the MTAC Orange County Piano Competition which was organised by Music Teachers’ Association of California,.

In the show Little Big Shots on the NBC television channel, after Evan Le played Turkish March, Steve Harvey was amazed and carried the child in his arms when they were on the stage. — VNS