14-year-old headlines at the Pioneer Center

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) -- The Reno Philharmonic is getting a special guest performer and he's only 14 years old.

Ray Ushikubo from Riverside, California is one of the youngest musicians to headline a concert with the Reno Philharmonic.

“He’s like a lion conquering this instrument; it is just amazing,” said Laura Jackson, conductor, Reno Philharmonic.

Ushikubo started playing the piano when he was six.

“Once I started, I just loved playing; even when I had a very high fever, my parents would encourage me to go to bed but I just would want to play and play,” Ushikubo said.

The prodigy is excited to play on the main stage with the Reno Philharmonic.

“It’s obvious that they are really good and working with incredible conductors like Laura Jackson, well she is a wonderful human being as being one of the greatest conductors,” Ushikubo said.

Ushikubo just wants to make sure the audience has a good time.

“Making the audience feel happy, it is a really good feeling inside,” he said.