This violinist plays one of the most virtuosic solo pieces - and he was born without a right hand
26 April 2016, 14:38
Adrian Anantawan smashes out a Ysaye Sonata, and it's a remarkable thing.
Canadian virtuoso Adrian Anantawan was born without a right hand. He has been playing violin since the age of ten with the help of an adaptive device known as a spatula, a custom device to aid his bowing arm made by biomedical engineers
Adrian has since has starred as a soloist with many of Canada's top orchestras, performed for the late Christopher Reeve and Pope John Paul II, and has also represented Canada as a cultural ambassador in the 2006 Athens Olympics.
In addition to his work on the concert stage, Adrian has helped to create the Virtual Chamber Music Initiative at the Holland Bloorview Kids Rehab Centre, which brings together researchers, musicians, doctors and educators to develop adaptive musical instruments for young people with disabilities.
Here he is with that Ysaye's Sonata No.3, Ballade: