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A 6-year-old piano prodigy is making headlines in her home country of Malaysia after winning first place at an international competition in Vienna, Austria earlier this month.
Olivia Lim Ling took first place at the 2019 Grand Prize Virtuoso, an annual music competition in piano, strings, wind, vocal and chamber music open to all ages and nationalities.
Ling, who lives in Petaling Jaya, Selangor left judges in awe with her performance of Frederic Chopin’s Waltz in E-Flat Major (Sostenuto), his first published waltz composition (1834) for solo piano.
The 6-year-old girl competed with other young prodigies from Australia, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Japan, Russia, Singapore, the U.K. and the U.S., to name a few countries.
Ling started learning how to play the piano at the age of 4, according to Sin Chew Daily.
After beating her competition, she was invited to play at the Grand Prize Virtuoso Ceremony on Sept. 13, which was held at Vienna’s famous Wiener Musikverein concert hall.
She was previously invited to play at distinguished concert halls such as the Philharmonie de Paris in France and the Royal Albert Hall in London.
In December, she will be playing at Carnegie Hall in Manhattan in New York City.
Needless to say, Ling’s family is proud of her achievement, declaring that she has “honored Malaysia” on social media.
“Congratulations to our lovely granddaughter for bringing glory to Malaysia after winning first place in [this] international piano competition,” Ng Kee Ling wrote on Facebook.