10-Year-old pianist from Chandler to represent U.S. at world concert

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

CHANDLER, Ariz. -- At the ripe old age of 10, Kylie Smith is not only an accomplished pianist, she also is a composer, and will be representing the U.S. at a world concert in Japan next month.

Kylie's entry was one of 11 junior compositions chosen to be part of the concert. More 35,000 entries were submitted from more than 40 countries.

A fifth-grader at Carlson Elementary School, Kylie has been playing the piano since she was 3.

"I love the piano because you can just express what you really love to do," she said with a big smile. "You don't have to worry about misspelling or mispronouncing words. You just have to play. You just have to listen."

Kylie, who is clearly passionate about her music, is a student at East Valley Yamaha Music School.

The Yamaha Music Foundation's 43rd International Junior Original Concert (IJOC) will be held on October 18 at the Orchard Hall, Tokyo.

The concert is designed to let young musicians -- they are all 15 or younger -- who study at Yamaha Music Schools perform their compositions in public.

In June, Kylie, along with two others from the EVYMS, performed at the 2014 U.S. National Junior Original Concert at the Mesa Arts Center.

Before heading to Tokyo in a few weeks, Kylie had one more concert on her calendar. She played her piece, a piano-violin duet called "Double Trouble Makers," for students at Carlson Monday.

Kylie's accompanist, Dian D'Avanzo, a violinist with the Phoenix Symphony, will be going with her to Tokyo next month.