A TALENTED Solihull musician hit the high notes when he was given top marks in his latest exams.
Aidan Zhao has become one of the youngest musicians in the country to achieve an overall result of distinction for both his piano and violin grade eight examinations.
The nine-year-old impressed the examiners with his performances securing him 142 marks out of 150 for piano, and 140 marks in his violin examination.
These marks puts Aidan amongst a rare group of extraordinarily talented young musicians across the UK.
The Eversfield Preparatory School pupil started to play the piano at the age of five, and violin at age six, and enjoys practising his instruments daily.
Proud dad, Dr Shuai Zhao, said: “Aidan feels humbled to call it success.
“In fact, Aidan is just a normal boy who really enjoys having fun with friends at home and school.
“He has always been enthusiastic about music lessons – he concentrates well and is very excited when he has the opportunity to perform on stage.”
Aidan’s grandparents are both professional musicians playing Chinese instruments, erhu and dulcimer, and Aidan’s mother learned to play the piano when she was a child and became a Chinese dance choreographer.
Eversfield’s director of music, Andrew Biggs, said: “It is rare to see such exceptional talent in such a young musician and it is a privilege to have the opportunity to teach Aidan.
“His musicality and love of his instruments shines through every time he performs and I’m excited to see where his passion, determination and persistence take him.”
Adan’s sights are set on a career in music and he hopes to eventually play for a professional orchestra and explore the possibilities of becoming a multi-instrumentalist recording artist and composer.