The World Embraces Liu Wei, Armless Piano Player

October 11th, 2010 | 3 comments | Posted by Diana



Perhaps, like me, you’ve already watched video of China’s Got Talent contestant Liu Wei, thanks to the magic of the Internet. Liu is a 23-year old musical prodigy who was electrocuted during a game of hide-and-seek at age 10, costing him his arms but not his passion for piano–he now plays miraculously with his toes.

Maybe, like me, you shared the video with everyone you knew, because the combo of Richard Clayderman tuneage and this adorable, spirited kid’s incredible story were simply too much to keep to yourself. And then of course you watched it with your parents; together you cried, commented, and mentally hugged (to actually hug might’ve been too awkward). And even though they thanked you for sharing the video with them, you could tell they were also wondering why, given your many lessons and ten fingers, you never made anything of your piano playing.





So, like me, you must be ecstatic to learn that Liu actually WON the China’s Got Talent competition this week by performing a version of James Blunt’s “You’re Beautiful” (video of the final performance above).

And you hope that for Liu Wei, winning Got Talent is just the beginning.

[via Gawker]
[ABC News: Armless Pianist Takes China's Talent Title]

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Thanks, Jasmine!

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3 Responses to “The World Embraces Liu Wei, Armless Piano Player”

  1. [...] This post was mentioned on Twitter by DISGRASIAN™, Jasmine D, jasminedavila, Piano Rocket, iExaminer and others. iExaminer said: RT @disgrasian: The World Embraces Liu Wei, Armless Piano Player http://dlvr.it/6vJws [...]

  2. Katsuryi says:

    Just saying, but it says he’s 22 on the video and 23 on the ABC article.

  3. Diana says:

    @Katsuryi You’re absolutely right. I actually got my facts mixed up–Liu began to teach himself piano at 19, and is now 23. I’ve corrected the post. Thanks!

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