Refugee Child Prodigy from Damascus Plays the Piano for Peace (Music Video of the Week)

Music Video of the Week, 5 Nov 2018

Tambi Assad Cimuk – TRANSCEND Media Service

Rachmaninoff – Prelude C Sharp Minor Op 3/Flight of the Bumblebee

When 15-year-old Tambi Asaad Cimuk walked into a music store in a Turkish city last year, he had never played the piano before. Now, the shy Syrian refugee from Damascus is set to perform at Carnegie Hall in January 2015. His teachers say he could be the next Rachmaninoff. Dubbed a child prodigy by Turkish media, Tambi, now 16, made headlines earlier this month when Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan personally granted Turkish citizenship to the Cimuk family of four.

The teenager, who left everything behind in Syria when his family fled to Turkey two years ago, says he hopes his music will somehow help foster peace.

 

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