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The Feast of Saint Matthew the Apostle

Never say never: just watch this 15-year-old born without hands play the piano

Deacon Greg Kandra - published on 02/28/17

This is something else. His story circulated around the web last year, but this is getting new attention just now, and why shouldn’t it? This is remarkable and inspiring:

Teenager Alexey Romanov has become a promising piano player despite a debilitating illness that has deprived him of his fingers since birth. Sixteen-year-old prodigy Romanov from Zelenodolsk, a village in the Republic of Tatarstan, first took up music two years ago after being inspired by the works of Mozart and Vivaldi. In the short time since he has performed for the republic’s orchestra and has found fame on national TV. Romanov’s music teacher at a specialist school for children with disabilities helped him get started, beginning with the melodies from films including vampire series “Twilight” and 1990s Hollywood blockbuster “Titanic,” both popular in Russia. He credits two friends for teaching him the basics of music and how to read notes. “They still help me. They send me sheet music, which I study and if I like something, I let it settle inside me,” he said. He explained how hard it was for him to learn the music early on, and how worried he was about trembling when he had to speak in front of a large audience. Romanov, modest to the point of being shy, seemed embarrassed when it was suggested that his story provides inspiration for young musicians and the wider public. …He travelled to Moscow for the first time to take part in the reality show Let Them Talk and met Australian motivational speaker Nick Vujicic, which he said was a lifelong dream. As for who inspires him, he said: “Sometimes it seems that there is an invisible, endless spiritual source out of which I can draw strength.”

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