Local Boy Musical Child Prodigy

By: James Jackson Email
By: James Jackson Email

A Valley boy performs in concert with a world renown concert pianist. He's known as a local child prodigy. Starting at age four, Ben Elliot has always had an interests in music.

He says, "I just think that it's a very good thing to have and I want to use it as best as I can."

Now nine, he's revered in the Valley as a child musical prodigy. Ben's parent's noticed his love for the piano early and enrolled him in lessons before he could even read.

"It's neat to hear him play and you think 'I could never do that,' and it's a lot of responsibility. It's thinking how can we guide him," say Janelle and Bill Elliott, Ben's perents.

"When we started ,it got to the point where I could either keep going or just know how to read music, so I just started to keep going," says Ben.

And that's just what he did. On Sunday, he had the opportunity to perform in a concert featuring world-renowned concert pianist, Angela Jia Kim.

"I thought it's be really wonderful to involve the community in some way and so part of that is inviting a young child or budding pianist to come and open the show for me," says Kim.

Ben hopes to become a Christian music artist when he grows up, but his parents are quick to add their goal is not to push his special talents, but to nurture them.

"I want to encourage him to use it and use it well, but if I start having an agenda for what he needs to accomplish then I think that's a problem," says Janelle.

In the meantime, Ben says he living his dream and shares this message.

"Keep doing whatever you have a gift for, and you can do big things," says Ben.

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