A one-handed violin player helps others with disabilities.
28-year-old Adrian Anantawan is among the world’s most accomplished emerging violinists.
Still in the comparatively early stages of his career, he has already played at the White House and the Vancouver Winter Olympics and for Pope John Paul II and the Dalai Lama.
While all of this is undeniably impressive, what makes it extraordinary is that Anantawan devotes much of his time and energy to helping others like him discover and realize their own creative passions.
He has had the disability since birth. Doctors believe that while he was in the womb the growth of his arm, hand, and fingers were stunted because of being caught up in the umbilical cord.
His parents, determined to introduce him to music, purchased him a violin at the age of 9. They also had a special prosthetic made that allows him to maneuver the violin’s bow, a prosthetic he wears to this day.
Now, in addition to performing, he researches, teaches, and writes curricula, all of which are geared towards helping children and adults with special needs make music.
Among his latest endeavors is The Coda Project, an outreach program designed to teach the myriad ways in which classical music can thrive in and enrich the general education experience.