Meet 18-year-old super talented blind pianist set to be studied by scientists

by Duke Magazine

Meet 18-year-old super talented blind pianist set to be studied by scientists.A super talented blind pianist, Mathew Whitaker, is set to be studied by scientists for his gifts and amazing skills with the piano.
The successful 18-year-old pianist who has made hundreds of global appearances is helping a scientist on a study to understand the brain of talented musicians.

In what could be described as a situation of turning lemons into lemonade, an 18-year-old blind pianist, has captured the attention of the world with his talents.
The teenager Mathew Whitaker, who is from Hackensack, New Jersey, may have lost the use of his sight, but it has not stopped him from being the best version of himself and blessing humanity with his gift as a pianist.
Whitaker started performing at jazz piano recitals just when he was about 11, and since then he has appeared in more than 200 clubs and concert halls across the world.
The report noted that the talented pianist made an appearance at the New Orleans Jazz Festival, which is how he got the opportunity to work with a scientist, Dr Charles Limb, on a study aimed at understanding how the brains of super talented musicians work.

Whitaker’s journey to success did not come on a platter of Gold. The teenager started his life with a series of health complications. 60 Minutes reports that that he was born at 24 weeks and had a less than a 50 percent chance of survival. A young Whitaker who dealt with several health complications also suffered from retinopathy of prematurity; a disease that could lead to blindness in babies. He underwent 11 surgeries over the course of two years in an attempt to regain his vision, the report noted.
Upon realizing his talent, Whitaker’s parents hired a piano teacher for him. Whitaker’s talent flourished even more when he started working with Dalia Sakas, the director of music studies at the Filomen M. D’Agostino Greenberg Music School in New York City, the report noted.

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