SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. – He's an accomplished composer who plays piano and violin. He studies at Berklee and URI. He's even played Carnegie Hall.
Here's the kicker. He's just 8-years old.
When Ian Lin was born in South Kingstown, his parents had no idea what was ahead of them.
Lin’s mother, Jianyun Christine Liu, says, “One day the doctor asked me about his hearing. I'm like - I'm not even sure - so we tested him by banging pots and pans by his ears. He did not blink. He did not react. So we were, like, devastated.”
At six months old, Lin had no hearing. His mother prayed for guidance, and now...
Lin says, “I [have] hearing, and I [have] really good ears, which are now perfect pitch.”
It wasn't long after this that his musical talent became apparent. He’s 8 years old and he’s been taking piano lessons for 5 years already. Over those five years, those piano lessons evolved and grew. Now, Lin is studying at Berklee School of Music and URI. He's also won multiple competitions and awards.
This holiday season, he's spreading joy through his music. That's where we found him, playing a concert at Brookdale Senior Living Facility in South Kingstown.
Lin says, “A bunch of Christmas music that might be popular... and might not.”
He also played a few of his own original compositions, and yes, those pieces have won awards too.
It would be hard not to be proud of his accomplishments, but his mom says that's not what it's about.
Liu says, “He's going to use his musical talents to go out there and share his love for music and also love from God. This is something special - a special gift from God.”