At just six years old, William Zhang, a Chinese-American piano prodigy from Atlanta, has already achieved the remarkable feat of performing at New York’s iconic Carnegie Hall, one of the world’s most prestigious classical music venues. His journey to this stage began with an amateur video of him playing Mozart, securing first prize in the American Protégé International Piano and Strings Competition.
Having a deep affinity for composers like Mozart, Bach, and Chopin, William flawlessly delivered another piece by Mozart during his performance at Carnegie Hall. The young musician’s passion for music is evident in his statement, «Music brings me happiness, and I want to bring the audience happiness.»
William’s parents noticed his early responsiveness to music when he was just a toddler. Despite facing initial challenges finding lessons for him, they purchased a $20,000 piano for him at the age of two, believing in the joy it would bring him. When traditional lessons were initially denied due to his age, the parents took on the task of teaching him themselves, starting with baby songs.
Beginning formal piano lessons at four and a half, William’s current routine involves daily practice sessions of up to three hours. The collaborative effort of parents, student, and teacher has contributed to his success. Winning the international competition, he made history as one of the youngest performers at Carnegie Hall, a venue that has hosted legendary figures like Frank Sinatra, The Beatles, Elton John, and many more.
Reflecting on his future, the young prodigy expressed various aspirations, including becoming an artist, pianist, composer, or piano teacher. William’s musical journey, marked by dedication and early achievements, promises a bright future in the world of classical music.