Hailing from Halifax in West Yorkshire, the talented pianist played a Debussy piece from memory and was described by judges as a ‘genius’
13-year-old Lucy won the piano competition on the UK show ‘The Piano’, playing Debussy’s Arabesque and managed to not only move but also excite everyone, with many wondering how the young autistic and blind girl managed to get there. But before we see her story, it is worth noting that young Lucy is a role model for all of us.
Hailing from Halifax in West Yorkshire, the talented pianist who played Debussy’s piece from memory and was described by judges as a ‘genius’ has had a passion for music since the early stages of her life and more specifically, since she was just two years.
Her incredible ability was recognized by her music teacher Danies when he heard her perform ‘Twinkle Twinkle Little Star’ for the first time.
At the age of three, Lucy started piano lessons through music charity The Amber Trust.
Referring to the talented teenager, her teacher revealed: ‘I met Lucy in a ball pool at her school. I remember then, at first I couldn’t see anyone in the room. And then, suddenly, I saw this little hand sticking out of the pool.
And someone said, ‘Oh, that’s Lucy.’ So I put a little keyboard under her arm and she started playing, rather defiantly, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. And then I thought: ‘Here’s a girl for whom music is really important’.
And it could be a way to unlock her language, her social skills and, above all, her zest for life.”
Her family noticing her interest in music, made the decision to buy her a better musical instrument and soon, they realized that the little girl was composing music in her mind while sitting on the sofa. At the same time, he had the ability to reproduce music after hearing it just once.
“From a storybook, he started playing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, but it was perfect. It was a big moment when I heard that,” her mother, Candace, recalled.
How are piano lessons done?
Lucy’s music teacher said that although initially the lessons were quite difficult as he had to find a way to teach her, it didn’t take more than ten seconds for her to listen to a piece before she started to get impatient and push his hands away. Today, he admits, “You can’t teach Lucy, you can only guide her on the journey.”
According to her teacher, and as reported by iefimerida.gr, they teach the hands separately, with Daniel saying that he sometimes has to raise her hands so that they can cross one over the other. In order to learn a piece, Lucy puts her fingers under Daniel’s, with her teacher playing along, gently pressing her fingers before she tries the piece herself. “She likes to improvise, she likes to play jazz, but also the social interaction of it,” he said.
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