New Delhi: A seven-year-old Greek piano prodigy Stelios Kerasidis composed an ‘isolation waltz’ and dedicated it to everyone who is quarantined due to the coronavirus pandemic. The YouTube video of the waltz, which was released last week, has already received over two lakh views.
The video begins with a short introduction by the seven-year-old, “Hi guys! I’m Stelios. Let’s be just a teeny bit more patient and we will soon be out swimming in the sea.”
“I’m dedicating to you a piece of my own”, he adds with a beaming smile,
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Kerasidis was born in Athens in 2012 to pianist parents and his first public performance was at the age of three.
He has already won many awards and has played at famous musical halls in Greece and Europe. In 2018, he played renowned Polish composer Chopin’s Waltz in A Minor at Carnegie Hall in New York, becoming the youngest Greek artiste to perform there.
He also played at London’s Royal Albert Hall where he performed on English musician-singer Elton John’s famous red piano.
Kerasidis’ favourite pianist is late Canadian pianist Glenn Gould. Gould is remembered for his renditions of the German composer Bach’s Goldberg Variations.
The ‘isolation waltz’ is his third original composition, which he dedicated to those suffering from Covid-19 and those under self-quarantine. His earlier compositions were dedicated to his sisters, Veronica and Anastasia.
Greece has witnessed a longer lockdown than most other European nations. The government schools had closed over a month ago. So far, Greece has reported over 1,800 cases of coronavirus and over 79 fatalities.
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