Honoring Chopin  

The first recording Tian received from his mother, an opera singer and teacher, was a selection of Chopin's works, and Tian's favorite piece became "Scherzo in B-flat Minor." Tian was three years old at the time.

He played that piece and nine others (plus an encore) on Friday night, including the "Impromptu-Fantasia," which Tian began playing when he was 12. Tian had all the pieces ready before he left for Paris. There was no sheet music on the piano, but the question Friday night wasn't whether he would remember them, but whether he could make them memorable for his audience. 

The enthusiastic applause after the pieces and the standing ovation after the finale answered that question.

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