TODAY   |  April 23, 2010

6-year-old prodigy to play Carnegie Hall

Piano prodigy Clara Tu, 6, shows off her amazing skills, and her piano teacher, Felicia Zhang, talks to TODAY’s Matt Lauer.

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>>> we're back now at 8:53 with a 6-year-old piano prodigy from connecticut. clara began playing just before her 4th birthday. she's already wowing audiences at places like new york 's famed carnegie hall . clara is here along with her mom and piano teacher. good morning to both of you.

>> good morning.

>> hi, clara . how are you?

>> good.

>> i would have been so nervous at carnegie hall . were you nervous at all?

>> just a little.

>> just a little. what about all those people? is that the most people you've ever played for?

>> i think.

>> how did you think you did?

>> really good.

>> really good? i'm glad to hear that. do you like all kinds of music, clara , or mostly just classical music ?

>> all kinds of music.

>> yeah? what are your favorite other -- what are your favorite bands? do you like like miley cyrus and people like that?

>> yeah.

>> yeah? good! you are motivating her, you're teaching her. is there a line though between motivating and pushing too hard?

>> yeah. i think motivating is more important than pushing. it is very important to, you know, be healthy and in a happy environment for the children so they can enjoy more relax more, so enjoy what they're doing.

>> we've been watching her rehearse. she seems to really be enjoying it. will you play a little something for us and i'll get out of the way?

>> okay.

>> okay, clara . go ahead. * * * * * *