Alexey Romanov is a 15-year-old from Zelenodolsk, Russia, who was born without any hands. He was adopted two years ago and when his parents noticed how creative he was, they purchased a synthesizer. However, the extraordinary thing is that, despite having no hands that did not stop him from playing the piano. He recorded a video of him playing River Flows in You by South Korean pianist, Yiruma, and that video quickly went viral.
It only proves that if you have a talent, nothing in this entire world can ever stop you from fulfilling that dream. Romanov taught himself how to play the piano by simply listening to the chords.
“My friends shared music with me and if I liked something, I would find the notes and try to understand it myself. If I didn’t understand something then teachers would help me,” said Romanov.
The Kazan Chamber Orchestra La Primavera heard about Romanov and invited him to play at their concert. When they saw and heard Romanov play, they were speechless.
“During the concert with the orchestra I was shaking from the tension. I can’t even remember what was happening,” said Romanov. “But there was nothing I could do: I walked onto the stage, sat down and started playing. I felt my knees shaking. Then I realized that I was doing well — it’s as if the melody started flowing by itself. And so I calmed down.”
Romanov was invited by a TV project named "Guests From Tomorrow" in March and he will once again be performing his favorite song, "River Flows In You".