Earlier this year Derek Paravicini and Adam Ockelford spoke at a TEDx event in Warwick. The video of the talk has just become available to view on the TED homepage.

Born three and a half months prematurely, Derek Paravicini is blind and has severe autism. But with perfect pitch, an innate talent and many hours of practice he became an acclaimed concert pianist by the age of 10. Now a mature and creative musician this video shows Derek tearing up the “Chopsticks” rule book.

After meeting Derek at age 4, Adam Ockelford became Derek’s long term piano teacher and mentor. In this talk he explains how Derek’s musical understanding has changed over time.


To view the talk on the TED website please visit: http://www.ted.com/talks/derek_paravicini_and_adam_ockelford_in_the_key_of_genius.html

Adam Ockelford is the author of Music, Langauge and Autism (2013) published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

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