Young pianist wows Christmas shoppers
December 24th, 2010 @ 10:02pm
By Amanda Butterfield
OREM - A young pianist has been stopping Christmas shoppers in their tracks at University Mall in Orem. The 9-year-old music prodigy is living up to his name - Ludwig.
Ludwig Sanchez was named after his father and of course Ludwig Beethoven.
Ludwig's father doesn't play, but his mother put him in lessons when he was 5-years-old.
That same year, during Christmas the family was shopping and the piano at the mall was empty.
"He went and start playing the song," said Ludwig's father. "And someone gave him a tip."
Now he's a regular during the holiday season and he's still getting tips. He's the youngest musician yet to play at the mall and he always draws a crowd.
Piano isn't Ludwig's only talent. He's also a big part of his competition soccer team and he says he already knows what he's going to do when he grows up.
"A professional soccer player, and if I don't make it I might go to Julliard," says Ludwig.
Depending on the night, Ludwig earns up to 60 dollars and he has a very special plan for the money.
"I'm gonna donate it to the people at the hospital, the kids," says Ludwig. "So kids can have better lives and they can be happy."