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Blind Chinese Pianist to Give Concert in Beijing

Blind Chinese pianist Sun Yan, 23, will give a concert on March 30, at the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Theater in downtown Beijing.


Sun, a student at prestigious China Central Conservatory of Music (CCCM), was born with cataracts that caused his blindness. He started learning to play the piano when he was three years old and immediately gained his fame as a piano genius at the age of six.


Guo Shulan, head of the CCCM, said Sun was the first blind student the school ever received in its half century history. Well known piano teacher, Yang Jun, taught Sun hand in hand and found he is greatly talented and with strong determination.


At his concert, Sun will play a dozen masterpieces by composers such as Bach, Beethoven and Chopin.



"Common piano players may have a look at these long and difficult musical pieces while playing, but Sun would have to spend much, much longer time to fully memorize a piece of music," Yang said. "He plays piano for at least six hours every day."


With pains-taking efforts for the past few years, Sun scored very good scores at the school and also gained an audience worldwide. He was invited to visit dozens of countries and regions and even gave performances at top theaters such as Carnegie Hall in the United States.


"I should thank my father-like teacher, mother-like school and all the people who gave me encouragement, support and care, and the concert will be the best way to show my appreciation," Sun said.


Ace fashion brand Mark Fairwhale and piano manufacturer Bosendorfrr will offer Sun financial supportive fund and the use of a piano. The PLA Theater will also provide him technical support and stage setting design free of charge. Three school mates of Sun's who were also pianists winning top prizes in international competitions will be guest performers at the concert.



Expecting to graduate with bachelor degree in piano next year, Sun has applied to study for a master's degree.


"Music changes people's lives. I hope I can continue my study in piano for my whole life," Sun said.


(Xinhua News Agency March 27, 2006)

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