Meet a little American piano prodigy


Aug 2 (Reuters) – Brigitte Xie is reading music, can play Beethoven’s Sonatina in F major, and has won a seat to perform at Carnegie Hall. She’s 4 years.

Brigitte’s feet hang above the floor as the little girl sits on the piano bench, her hands moving gracefully across the keyboard.

With long brown hair in a ponytail and a knot, she shyly lowered her dark eyes when her mom, Nicole Sun, asked her if she liked the piano and if it was fun. “Yeah, fun,” Brigitte replied.

Brigitte’s father, Tao Xie of Ridgefield, Connecticut, signed her up for piano lessons on Zoom about a year ago to give her something to do during the COVID-19 lockdown.

Brigitte Xie, 4, plays the piano with piano teacher Felicia Feng Zhang in Greenwich, Connecticut, USA on July 31, 2021. REUTERS / Roselle Chen

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“At first I didn’t expect her to be a prodigy or anything,” he said. “But yeah, it turns out it’s amazing.”

Brigitte was the youngest winner of the prestigious Elite International Music Competition, which earned her a place at Carnegie Hall. She was supposed to perform at Carnegie Hall as part of the American Protégé International Music Talent Competition in November 2020. This has been postponed to November and now to November 2022 due to COVID-19.

Brigitte’s mother pays tribute to her piano teacher, Felicia Feng Zhang.

“Brigitte came to see me when she was only two months after three years,” said her teacher. “From the lessons I have observed that she has an inquiring mind and loves to learn. We call it passion.”

Reporting by Roselle Chen; Written by Cynthia Osterman; Editing by Sandra Maler

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