Watch 11-year-old prodigy Spencer Tsai compose music on the fly

The Richmond, B.C. musical prodigy started playing the piano when he was three years old and is one of the youngest musicians to get his performer's diploma from the Royal Conservatory of Music.

Tsai one of youngest to get performer's diplomas from Royal Conservatory of Music

Spencer Tsai, from Richmond, B.C., started playing when he was three 1:51

In the time it might take an average person to even think of a song to sing, 11-year-old Spencer Tsai has composed a melody and is already playing it on the piano. 

The Richmond, B.C. musical prodigy started on piano when he was three years old. 

Tsai was awarded Associate of the Royal Conservatory (ARCT) in piano and violin from the Royal Conservatory of Music at age 10. With two performance diplomas in both violin and piano, he is one of the youngest musicians in RCM history to achieve that honour. 

Tsai told CBC's Andrew Chang that his ultimate dream is to "become a great composer like Beethoven and perform his own works."

Tsai performs frequently in competitions and festivals in Greater Vancouver area and enjoys composing orchestral and choral music. 

"I have a lot of melodies in my head so not composing makes me uncomfortable sometimes," he said. It's really fun to write music."

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