The Guardian– 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.
Classic Russian move here having a classical piano sensation with no hands. When I first read this headline my initial reaction was “Of course Russia has a piano prodigy with no hands”. I mean after the story last month where the entire Russian U-18 hockey team was suspended for doping and they had to send out there U-17 team to replace them, I didn’t even think twice about this headline.
The only question is why does this kid have no hands? I know this isn’t Soviet Russia, and I know it clearly states in the article that he was born with a disability, but don’t sleep on the fact that Putin and his cronies may have had a hand in this matter. This kid may have wanted to go outside one day instead of practicing piano and his parents may not have approved. Who knows these days. All I know is that the kid has a great musical touch.