February 20, 2010

Passion, Ability Drive Young Piano Prodigy

This article is by Dawn Redig - the neighborsgo section editor for Rockwall, Rowlett, Heath and RoyseCity. Posted 2/16/2010.

For 10-year-old William Lord of Rowlett, names such as Shubert, Rachmaninoff, Kuhlau and Beethoven are household words.

So are “ni hao” and “zai jian,” which in Mandarin, mean “hello” and “goodbye.”

Not only can the fifth-grader speak the language of his grandparents, who live in Beijing, but he can recite the biography of Ludwig van Beethoven. He scores close to perfection in math at KimberlinAcademy in Garland, where he’s in the gifted and talented program. And, every other Sunday, he’s the featured pianist at Highland Park Cafeteria, where he captivates connoisseurs of classical music while feeding his passion to play.

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