Lydian Nadhaswaram, aka the Mini Maestro from India, has made it to the Grand Finale of The World’s Best talent competition on CBS. The 12-year-old piano prodigy will perform one more time in front of the American TV judges Drew Barrymore, Faith Hill and RuPaul. It will be a performance of a lifetime as $1 million (the grand prize) is at stake, and Lydian isn’t cutting any corners. Plus, he looks adorable in a white tuxedo suit.
Lydian started playing the drums at the age of 2, and was masterfully playing Chopin on the piano by the time he was 8. According to The Hindu Business Line, while a young student at KM College of Music and Technology, Lydian watched a student playing “The Flight of the Bumble Bee.” The student slowed it down to teach Lydian, who memorized the piece. Within two days, he could play the Rimsky-Korsakoff piece at a 190 bpm (beats per minute) — watch video below. Later, Lydian leared Eric Thiman’s “Flood Time” at a 252 bpm, “the musical equivalent of the wind speed of Cyclone Vardah, which pulverized Chennai in 2016.” The World’s Best airs Wednesdays at 9 pm on CBS.