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Jennifer Lin is an extraordinary young pianist whose talents were brought to center stage by the late news anchor Peter Jennings. Her parents first realized they had a prodigy the day Jennifer sat down and started playing the piano at the age of four. When most children were learning to read, Jennifer was astounding friends and family by composing her own music. By the time she hit 10, Jennifer was winning awards in major music competitions, often beating people twice her age. She's not only a gifted pianist—she is a straight-A student and a self-taught artist. Now 16, Jennifer is believed to be one of the most talented musical geniuses in the country.

After wowing the audience with a performance of Franz Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsody No. 6, Jennifer creates an original composition on the spot using fives notes selected at random by Oprah.

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FROM: Little Geniuses
Published on April 25, 2006

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