You may recently have heard of Alexey Romanov, or indeed, been in awe at his videos gone viral online. Alexy, an inspirational student from Russia, has self-taught himself to master the piano – despite being born without any fingers.
According to reports, Romanov, who was born without fingers and only one leg, was adopted in Russia by his parents 2 years ago, who realised his love of music. With their gift to him of a symphasizer at a young age, he began a passion for music, and has never let his disabilities hold him back.
From this, Romanov began to start playing the digital piano, eventually being invited to join a prestigious music school in Kazan, after showing natural apitude to the keys. He went viral after appearing on the Russian show “Guests from tomorrow” -showcasing the very best in young talent of the future. He played River Flows in You, a composition written by South Korean pianist Lee Ru-ma for the multi-award winning blockbuster Twilight saga.
“I walked on to the stage, sat down and started playing. I felt my knees shaking. Then I realised that I was doing well, it’s as if the melody started flowing by itself.””
Viewers of the show flocked to social media to express their awe and admiration for the shy teenager, not holding vack on the praise.
One facebook fan remarked that “Alexey is a hero, he deserves respect and praise! If only I could play the grand piano like that. wish you health and happiness in life.”
Another stated that ““We all are constantly complaining about life. One can only admire such people. He plays his instrument beautifully. The guy is fantastic,”
You can see for yourself Romanov’s outstanding performance here. He claims that despite having the use of prosthetic arms, he achieved his dreams on the piano the way he was born, and he therefore intends to keep it that way.