I don’t know about you, but at the age of 3, I was probably spending my days watching cartoons, drinking out of juice boxes and trying to figure out how on earth people colored inside the lines. What was Jun Justin Yu doing at 3? Learning how to play the cello.
Justin Yu is the son of Chinese composer and conductor Ziliang and Korean pianist Rho Aera. After learning how to play the cello, it wasn’t long before Yu went beyond the wildest dreams of any musical parent. After being accepted into the Herald Music School gift class, Yu performed in a number prestigious venues and most impressive of all, he made his debut in Carnegie Hall in 2012. Of course, he did this all before the age of 6. Now at the age of 7, Yu has been accepted by the Manhattan School of Music as one of the youngest cellist in school’s history.
On September 24th, Yu made an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show to give us a taste of his breath-taking skills. As it turns out, this young prodigy not only has an incredible amount of talent, he also has an incredible amount of personality.
Yu quickly charmed his way into our hearts with his large facial expressions and adorable stories. He talked Ellen’s ears off about everything from his boring plane ride to his hilarious victory dance.
Check it out for yourself. Trust us when we say this will be the best 4 minutes of your day.
Months ago, a video of a pair of young and talented musicians went viral. The only problem? No one could identify them. For a while, different YouTube sources were placing various labels on the mysterious duo. One source titled the video “Asian kid,” while others took a stab at guessing their race. Finally, it was confirmed that the pair are from the Philippines, but all other information about them remained a mystery.
That’s when Ellen Degeneres set her sights on finding the talented boys and sent out a public invitation.
Months later, the teenagers were identified as Aldrich Lloyd Talonding and James Walter Bucong. The two musicians accepted Ellen’s invitation and found themselves in Burbank, Calif., to perform in front of an excited audience.
During the interview, it was revealed that Talonding’s father passed away in June due to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Because of this, their cover of Luther Vandross’ song, “Dance with My Father,” became even more meaningful.
The boys talked about handling YouTube stardom and girls, and even went home with a handful of goodies (a guitar and a piano!) and a check for $10,000. Watch their breathtaking performance below:
At the age of five, most of us were learning how to properly write out the alphabet, play duck-duck-goose, and strategically avoid getting cooties. Ryan Wang on the other hand? This five-year-old piano prodigy was spending his days getting ready for his performance in New York’s prestigious Carnegie Hall.
At the age of three, Wang’s parents noticed Ryan’s affinity and natural ability with the keyboard. Without missing a beat, the two decided to send him to piano lessons. While many people would assume that three is far too young an age to adequately master an instrument, Ryan’s talent proved everyone wrong. After a mere year and half of lessons, a prodigy was created. Of course, Carnegie Hall was not the only one to notice this amazing 5-year-old. Ellen Degeneres asked him to come onto the Ellen Show and dazzle her viewers. Clearly, Ryan didn’t disappoint:
Even more recently, CBC Music Studio invited Ryan to perform in front of his biggest fan, Dorothy. The 101-year-old family friend was touched to discover that Ryan would be performing just for her. Not only does Wang prove to be mature in his musical abilities, he showed quite a bit of emotional maturity. Understanding how important this performance was to Dorothy, Ryan was moved to tears (and brought us all to tears while he was at it):
Easily becoming a prodigy favorite, Ryan Wang is scheduled to tour Italy and China this summer. Be sure to keep an eye out for this amazingly talented young man.
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