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Beyond Limits Education Concert
Trio of musicians harmoniously tune into the power of music
Without a right arm from birth, Adrian Anantawan initially established a career as an international musician, performing around the world and giving talks to teenagers about his experiences. He subsequently returned to school, studying at Yale University and Harvard Graduate School of Education to help young people with different abilities learn music. Despite suffering delayed speech as a child, Anantawan is now a virtuoso communicator as well as performer, combining multiple roles including musician, educator, advocate and arts administrator.
Meanwhile, emerging US pianist Leigh McAllister has found music a key route to confidence and acceptance of herself and others. McAllister, who was adopted by two physiotherapists at the age of two, was born without a left elbow and two fingers on her left hand. She has gone on to specialise in collaborative piano at Berklee College of Music in Boston, a discipline combining piano performance and accompaniment. Her hope is “to share music’s healing qualities with others”, she said.
In this concert, pre-recorded in the US, Anantawan teams up with McAllister in a special “No Limits” showcase, featuring works by Beethoven, Schumann and Molly Joyce, a contemporary US composer and performer. Joyce has also found music an effective channel for moving on from the trauma of permanent damage to a hand following a car accident at the age of seven. A creative energy extravaganza.
Violin Sonata No 10 in G major, Op 96
Romance No 2, Op 28
Anatomy is Destiny
Canadian violinist Adrian Anantawan began studying violin at the age of nine. He has performed with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and at the residence of the US President in Washington, DC. He is an alumnus of the Etobicoke School of the Arts in Canada, Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, Yale University and Harvard Graduate School of Education. Growing up in the neighbourhood of Clarkson, in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, he attended St Christopher’s Elementary School, and is a member of the St Christopher’s Church Parish. He is currently a member of the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation, Chair of Music at Milton Academy, and Artistic Director of Shelter Music Boston.
Living with an ulnar deficiency since birth, Leigh McAllister was adopted by her wonderful parents, both physical therapists, who raised her in Sonoma County, California. They taught her how to navigate everyday life growing up with a limb difference as well as nurtured her dauntless and independent personality. Music has proved another source of self-confidence and an empowering pathway for learning to love herself and others.
Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Molly Joyce started out playing the violin. After a car accident permanently damaged her left hand at the age of seven, she switched to the cello, holding the bow in her injured left hand and using her right hand on the fingerboard. She is currently a Dean’s Doctoral Fellow at the University of Virginia.
All the content of works are independently produced by the creative team, and do not reflect the views or opinions of The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust.
Audiences must follow the anti-pandemic measures and arrangements by the organiser. The arrangements are subject to change in light of COVID-19 and government measures. Please check the “No Limits” page for the latest notices.