Many thanks to 16 year old Charlie Liu for a great weekend of music benefitting The University of Iowa Children’s Hospital and The Preemie Project.

Charlie performed two concerts this weekend. He played Saturday evening, August 26 at First United Methodist Church in Iowa City and Sunday afternoon August 27, at Coralville Performing Arts Center.

Charlie was born 7.5 weeks early, and had a month long stay in the Intensive Care Unit of the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital. He understands the struggles of preemies and their families

Charlie’s first benefit solo recital at age 9 was a fundraiser for UIHC. Charlie had long wanted to give a benefit concert in his birthplace Iowa, but it was hard to get everything worked out. This year he was finally able to do it. The Preemie Project was very honored and to be a recipient of this benefit concert

This young man is so impressive!! We have to tell you a bit about him!!! When Charlie was three and half, he displayed exceptional finger dexterity and started learning piano at 4. At 6 he was invited to perform on the Ellen DeGeneres Show and won 1st place in Massachusetts state piano competition. Since then, he performed in all 3 concert halls inside the world-famous Carnegie Hall at only age 8, was youngest scholar selected by the Lang Lang International Music Foundation, performed on the Oprah Winfrey show’s season finale of “World’s smartest and most talented kids. Charlie has performed for such luminaries as Queen Rania of Jordan, Bono of U2, Huge Jackman, Alec Baldwin and many more. He has won more top prizes than anyone else in the top International/National Junior Piano Competitions in the USA.

The concerts were in part sponsored by Liu’s own “Rescue Music Foundation” .

Many thanks to Charlie for sharing his incredible talents and to his father, Mingyi Liu for facilitating this wonderful fundraiser. Charlie is definitely a rising star!