Nine-year-old Steven Qin isn’t like most kids his age.
This month, the Grade 5 student from Coquitlam will not only be making his solo piano debut but he’ll be paying forward its proceeds to his city and school libraries.
“I like books,” he told The Tri-City News last week, noting non-fiction and science fiction are his go-to genres when visiting the Coquitlam Public Library and his library at Meadowridge School in Maple Ridge.
For his recital, which takes place Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. at Place des Arts (1120 Brunette Ave., Coquitlam), the classically trained pianist will perform compositions by Schubert, Bach, Haydn, Chopin and Peterson.
And he’ll be joined by pianist Scott Meek of the four-hands ensemble The Meeks Duo, along with his wife, Clare Yuan — Qin’s current piano teacher.
The event is open, with donations for entry accepted at the door.
A piano student for five years, Qin this year clinched first place in the Junior Piano Concerto Competition, Mozart School of Music and second place in the Kiwanis Piano Competition for Concerto for Piano and Orchestra 10 Years and Under.
Classical music, he said, “is more relaxing than pop music.”
His mother, Cindy, told Coquitlam Public Library: “We would like to regard music learning as a lifelong journey, where we not only learn how to play piano but to see the world and express ourselves through music.”
As for next week’s fundraiser, Qin said he has no specific target amount.
“We want to bring in as much as we can. This is a good time to contribute to the community and to celebrate the piano.”