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Young and gifted: Ryan Wang, a five-year-old piano prodigy, appeared on The Ellen Show to talk about his incredible talent, and to teach the charmed talk show host a few phrases in Mandarin
A five-year-old piano prodigy appeared on The Ellen Show on Monday, sporting a very dashing tuxedo, to talk about his remarkable musical talent.
Ryan Wang, who played a concert at Carnegie Hall in March, told the talk show host in his adorably eloquent manner that piano-playing couldn't come more naturally to him.
'It's just in my memory,' he says. 'I just love it and then sometimes it just goes to my fingers.'
Natural talent: The Vancouver, Canada resident, who played a concert at Carnegie Hall in March, broke into a rendition of Variations on a Russian Theme on the show, to the delight of the awe-stuck audience
'That's called genius!' says Ellen, as the audience applauds his adorable answer.
The Vancouver, Canada resident, who is fluent in Mandarin as well as English, clearly charmed Ellen with his polite demeanor as she asked him about his incredible talent.
'When I was little I loved to play keyboard,' he starts. 'Oh, when you were little,' says Ellen. 'Back then!'
Ryan, who explained he has been playing the piano for 'only a year and a half', continued: 'And then my mom sent me to a piano teacher and, um, I just loved it.'
Ryan is not only gifted at the piano, but it appears normal school subjects are also a breeze to him.
Eloquent: Ryan, who is fluent in Mandarin as well as English, clearly charmed Ellen with his polite demeanor as he taught her how to say a few phrases in Mandarin
Poise: The well-spoken five-year-old perched on the seat with perfect posture throughout their chat
He tells Ellen that he loves math, but that 'it's just baby math. It's like, eight plus one equals nine.'
And he even teaches the awe-struck Ellen how to say a few phrases in Mandarin. When she gets it right, he says in his cute lisp, 'That's very awesome.'
The well-spoken five-year-old, who perches on his seat with perfect posture throughout their chat, can't seem to contain his passion for the piano.
When Ellen asks him how he enjoyed playing at Carnegie Hall in March, he responds: 'Um, it did very well. And, I just love it because I love to perform in a big crowd.'
Not shy: The youngster was confused when Ellen asked if he never gets nervous before big shows. 'No I don't get nervous,' he says. 'It's just. . . I like to play!'
New friends: Ryan and Ellen shared an embrace at the end of the show
Ryan demonstrates his talent on the show, playing a rendition of Variations on a Russian Theme, a classical work written by several composers which he also played at his Carnegie Hall debut.
For such a young age, he looks utterly at ease as his fingers race along the keys, and doesn't falter in his performance for a moment.
He even adds dramatic flourishes to the show the way a player three times his age would.
What's more, he seems confused when Ellen asks if he never gets nervous before big shows. 'No I don't get nervous,' he says. 'It's just. . . I like to play!'