Elias Phoenix seems to be your average kid next door until he places his fingers on the keys of the piano. Suddenly, it’s orchestral music being produced from the piano that he is playing. The 7-year-old has the ability to belie his age due to his capability of playing the piano just like a classically-trained adult. Some have already regarded him to be prodigy.
“I know it’s not from my teaching. He’s got a lot of talent,” stated Bree Phoenix, his mother, the one who has been teaching him and Zion, his twin brother to play the piano since they were three years old. When Bree was a child, she actually had lessons on the French Horn. Her piano knowledge and skills were actually self-taught. However, the twins were interested in the piano straightaway. This led Bree to buy two baby grand pianos for them. Within a short space of time, both of them transited from Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Stars to more challenging compositions. At that point of time, Bree already had a feeling that both her boys had some sort of talent. However, the thing was that she was unable to compare them to anyone else. Hence, she didn’t really know if they were gifted or merely average.
Then one morning, Elias mentioned that he dreamed about playing at Carnegie Hall in New York City, which is considered to be one of the most famous concert venues in the world. It was that point when Bree learned about the American Protégé International Music Talent Competition, where the winners had the opportunity to play at Carnegie Hall. Zion wasn’t keen on it, but Elias was literally begging his mother to submit a video footage of him on the piano. Bree decided to give it a go, but she wasn’t certain that Elias’s skills could match that of other children. To her surprise, Elias actually won second place in the competition, giving him the chance to go to New York City.
Both Bree as well as her son are excited about visiting New York and performing at Carnegie Hall. “I’ve always wanted to see the Statue of Liberty. It’s famous,” said Elias, who added that he is not afraid of performing at the famous hall itself or in front of a large crowd. The rest of the story can be read here.