Play On, Philly! Summer Session students recently learned an invaluable lesson in overcoming adversity when the uniquely talented violinist, Adrian Anantawan, who was born without a right hand, visited. He only planned to stay for the morning but he so engaged the children that he spent the entire day at POP! In the morning he performed and engaged the children in a lively question and answer session. After lunch Adrian taught a Master Class and even sat in with the violin section during a rehearsal. Click here to see a video of Adrian playing Paganini for our kids.
Adrian started studying violin at age 9 and eventually enrolled in the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music. Along the way he studied with notables such as Pinchas Zukerman, Itzhak Perlman and Peter Oundjian.
In addition to maintaining a busy performance schedule, Adrian conducts and teaches at the Conservatory Lab Charter School In Boston (an El Sistema inspired program) and also gives back through his charitable work.
He is a national spokesperson for the War Amps of Canada. Active within his community, Adrian helped to create the Virtual Chamber Music Initiative at the Holland Bloorview Kids Rehab Centre. The cross-collaborative project brought researchers, musicians, doctors and educators together to develop adaptive musical instruments capable of being played by young persons with disabilities within a chamber music setting. The initiative helped transform the lives of children with Cerebral Palsy, Spinal Muscular Atrophy and Rett Syndrome.
His documentary “Adrian Anantawan: The Story Behind the Notes” is currently being broadcast across the country by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC).