Piano whizzkid becomes internet hit after wowing shoppers

AN 11-year-old piano whizzkid has whipped up a storm in Cambridge after his musical talents stopped shoppers in their tracks.

Saffron Walden starlet George Harliono was encouraged by his teacher, Gavin Richards, head of music at the Perse School, to take part in the Cambridge Arts Festival by playing three of the 15 painted pianos placed on the streets under the theme ‘Play me, I’m yours’.

Each piano had been decorated by local artists, and the scheme was a huge hit with residents of the city.

The concept originated in Birmingham in 2008 when artist Luke Jerram came up with the idea and has since taken off around the globe.

But it was George who created the biggest buzz last Saturday when queues of shoppers crammed round the three different pianos he tried out to watch the accomplished player showcase pieces by Beethoven, Ravel and Liszt.

Not only was George a hit in Cambridge, it now appears he’s set for internet stardom after an onlooker filmed him playing and uploaded the video to YouTube. It has so far been viewed nearly 100,000 times in just five days. To view it, click on this link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uWC69SDTQso