Inspirational Story - Wael Farouk's Short Fingers Dazzle on Piano





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Published on Sep 27, 2013

Born with short hand ligaments that make it difficult to reach the ends of the piano, Wael Farouk was told his disability was too much and his dreams of being able to play were impossible. But Farouk began practicing relentlessly and started down the path to success at a young age.

At age 9, he received the Youngest Egyptian Talent Prize from then-First Lady Susan Mubarak. He made his orchestral debut in 1994, becoming the youngest pianist to give a solo recital at the Cairo Opera House a year later.

Farouk, currently earning his Doctorate of Musical Arts at Rutgers, says "We all have our challenges. It's your own decision whether you'll let them stop you or whether you'll let them provoke success out of you."

The New York Concert Review has called Farouk "a formidable and magnificent pianist," for his command of Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 3, a piece that many believed the pianist never would be able to accomplish due to his hand structure. La Tribune Le Progres in France praised him for unequaled "technical virtuosity and expression" and David Dubal, author of The Art of the Piano, hailed him as "A wonderful musician and a dazzling pianist."

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