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Piano prodigy Evan Le to performs at Saigon Xmas show tonight

Saturday, December 24, 2016, 14:07 GMT+7

Five-year-old Evan Le, who became a sensation at Steve Harvey’s Little Big Shots show early this year, will showcase his talent to Ho Chi Minh City audience on Nguyen Hue promenade on the Christmas Eve.

Le’s piano performance is the highlight of the last installment of a three-night music show that began on Thursday, with the participation of more than 40 local artists to celebrate the holiday season.

Joining Evan Le at the Nguyen Hue walking street in downtown Ho Chi Minh City tonight are many other artists, particularly the dance troupe The Young Lyricist, who will treat viewers to a series of Michael Jackson songs.

Evan Le, whose full name is Evan Duy Quoc Le, is the second child to Vietnamese-American parents in the U.S. state of California.

This is the first time Le has returned to his parent’s home country.

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Five-year-old Evan Le enjoys the red ao dai he was given as gift during his Vietnam trip. Photo: Tuoi Tre

On December 17, the little boy also joined the Soul Christmas Charity Concert in Ho Chi Minh City, where he wore a red ao dai and wowed local audiences by playing Diem Xua, a song by late songwriter Trinh Cong Son.

"Diem Xua" by Evan Le

Born in 2011 in Torrance, California, the boy began piano lessons at just three years old at the Virtuosos Russian Music Academy in Westminster, California. Evan Le is considered an early talent by instructors at the academy, who praise his ability to recite piano pieces without looking at the music sheet only after a few days of practice.

The prodigy also composes his own pieces from impromptu melodies that form in his head.

Le started to rise to fame after winning the third prize at the Vstar Kids, the talent competition for Vietnamese-origin kids aged 6 to 15 in the U.S, last year.

The contest’s organizer that year even changed its regulation and allowed children at 4 to participate so that Le could join.

Le earned international recognition in March, when he made an appearance in the televised show Little Big Shots produced by American broadcaster NBC, where he stunned host Steve Harvey with his recital of two classical pieces.

A part of the episode featuring Le “compete” with Harvey was posted on YouTube and has gained more than 5.1 million views so far.

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