Derek Paravicini is one of those incredible humans that only comes around once every few hundred years. Born almost three months premature, Derek struggled to make it in his first moments of life, but through luck and faith he managed to survive.
However, being born so prematurely had severe consequences on Derek’s brain. He suffers from autism, his parents early on feared what the future would hold for him. It didn’t take long for them to realize that though he was a bit different, he was like anyone else in that he wanted love and he enjoyed living life!
One day they took the young boy to a special needs school, when he suddenly heard a piano playing in the distance for the first time. He ran into the music room where his future piano teacher was playing and pushed him aside. It was from that moment on he knew that playing the piano was the one thing that made his life seem complete.
Labeled a musical savant, Derek eventually took classes and learned how to properly play the piano. His teacher quickly realized how incredibly gifted Derek’s mind was. He is able to use 100% of his brainpower while hyper focusing on his playing, and it wasn’t long before this pianist showed everyone that he was quite possibly one of the greatest piano players in history.
Able to play any song after hearing it only once, Derek’s mind acts like a musical library that can store an infinite amount of songs. He is able to play in any style, in any key, he’s a perfect example of what the human brain is really capable of.