Anyone recognise this 3 year-old Beethoven pianist?

Anyone recognise this 3 year-old Beethoven pianist?


norman lebrecht

November 22, 2016

And is she really three years old, as stated?


Could Lang Lang play like that at 3?


  • Olassus says:

    Cute, but probably 7 or 8.

  • Piano Teacher says:


  • Steve Best says:

    Her name is Encore Chen, and this video of Clementi was apparently made when she was 5. A search on youtube for “Encore Chen” or “Anke Chen” will locate several other videos.

  • Peter Willsher says:

    Yuja Wang! And definitely not 7 or 8!

    • Peter Willsher says:

      I stand corrected, as it says on her website that she started taking lessons at the age of 6.

      • Una says:

        Whatever, at least she’s not 3! Seen the result of all of this ‘piano factory’ in Hong Kong … and they think their little darlings are all going to be concert pianists, and raking it in! And something for the chattering classes to talk about too over coffee! 🙂

        • Peter Willsher says:

          It is time to conceded defeat! After considerable research…well not that much…I have to concur with others on this thread, it is not Yula Wang, but Anke Chen. Humble apologies.

      • Renee says:

        Her name is Anke (aka Encore) Chen. She was 5 years old, when the video was recorded. She was born 2011 and would now be 6.

        • John says:

          You are correct,she was born in 2011. That makes her 6 years old in 2017. A talented and charming child. I hope she has a stellar concert career ahead of her. But first she must live moral and private childhood.

  • Robert Holmén says:

    Show me the birth certificate!

    Charming playing, no matter what age she may be.

    Great page turn!

  • M2N2K says:

    She is probably between five and seven, but an outstanding talent nevertheless.

  • Ravi Narasimhan says:

    YT comment chains say she is Anka (aka Encore) Chen, born 2011. Loved the page turn and that confident glance at the end!

    In another video, someone asked if she’d be giving any recitals. Answer: “She is not mature enough, there is no intention to open a concert”

  • herrera says:

    Her pedal work sucks.

  • Barbarona says:

    Not very musical, like Wang Wang and Yuja Lang. Interchangeable parts in a cultureless cog eating machine. Chinese musicians are the death of classical music. At least until they give up Chinese culture altogether.

  • Sergey says:

    her age is 5 years old and name is Anke Chen here is her channel : The pieces chosen by her teacher Feng Zhang,The premise is that she likes the pieces. She’ll keep on practicing

  • John says:

    So much ignorant negativity….shame on some of you.

  • John says:

    Chinese culture is anchient , rich and beautiful…don’t confuse culture with politics.

    • I concur with John!!

      Anke Chen is an amazingly gifted, PASSIONATE, intelligent and charming girl with a heart as sweet as honey!!! Whatever culture,age, country or other irrelevant demographic you want to whip out, , she is REMARKABLE!!! She started playing at age 4 and now just turned 7 in Jan 2018.

      How many of us can honestly say we played that well after 3 years of lessons????? I sure didn’t. I wish I’d been pushed s bit more, but am grateful to have received lessons in a variety of instruments, including voice , dance and sports. It has made life so much more richer. Anke inspires me to keep playing the piano!!! I will never be as good, but I still progress!!! 🙂

      Shane in you if you’re so jealous you can’t see straight and can only hurl insults about pedal work without even realizing she’s 5!! She probably can’t even reach the pedals without extenders!!

      Focus on the beauty and truth in the world and you will see it everywhere!! Focus on the errors and ugliness in life and that is what you will reap!! It’s a self-fulfilling prophecy.


  • Tiffanie says:

    Anke is 5 in this video. She is 7 now (year 2017)

  • her royal snarkiness says:

    I amazed at how much attack she has in those little hands, tho you can see she has good habits with respect to relaxed and engaged upper body.

  • Bill Donahue says:

    You can’t do this at this age regardless of how much training you have had. I would call this reincarnation of a master pianist of long ago.

  • Brewster says:

    Nope she was 5, watch all the videos on youtube