7-year-old Brandon boy headed to Carnegie Hall to play piano
6:55 PM, Nov 20, 2013
4:00 PM, Nov 23, 2013
BRANDON, Fla. - Once a month at Alafia Assisted Living in Brandon folks are treated to a toe-tapping, good time.
Elias and Zion Phoenix are twins- one minute apart.
"You won't even believe it because Mom taught us because she taught herself when she was little," explained Zion.
And they love music.
"It's a classic," exclaimed Elias.
But classical piano is Elias' true calling.
"I'm only 7-years-old," he said.
In 10 days, Elias will be seated at a Steinway at New York's Carnegie Hall after placing second in his age group at the American Protege International Music Talent Competition and he'll need his book booster seat to reach the keys.
"Very big. Very hard to get off," said Elias as he hopped up on the piano bench.
"I just actually love it because you know, it sounds magical," he said.
The boys learned to play piano on the fly using sheet music printed off the web.
"I did play classical music but I taught myself piano and taught them piano and they play pieces I cannot play," said mom Bree Phoenix.
Even if Elias hits it big in New York, he says he and his twin will be back to perform where they got their big break-- where toe tapping, smiles, and hugs after the show are a 7-year-old's applause.