Selftaught Syrian newcomer 10 a piano star

first_img Login/Register With: Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Eahem said Marcel taught himself how to play by simply listening to music and figuring out how to replicate it. Sometimes it’s hard to get her son’s fingers off the keys, she said.“It’s really like the piano is part of Marcel,” she told CBC News.Marcel’s 12-year-old brother, Eilia, said it goes even further than that.“He’s, like, inside the piano,” he said. “When I see him playing I think It’s like he’s thinking about nothing.”Marcel Ward’s family fled Syria in 2012, stopping in several other places before settling in Hamilton. (Submitted by Ward family)Just a few months after Marcel began discovering the beauty of music, the sounds of war arrived at his family’s door. The Wards fled Damascus for Dubai and would spend the next few years moving the family, and that little keyboard, around.Manar Ward, Marcel’s father, described the next few years as turbulent.“We moved after the war started in Syria,” he said.“We settled in Dubai and we tried to live there because all my family got attacked from so many rebels. My sister got shot there. Then we settled in Dubai for the (next) three years.”It was during those years in the United Arab Emirates that Marcel’s parents really noticed his gift. “I remember the first time he played some pieces and we showed it to some experts in piano. They were shocked,” Ward said.“They said we need two years of training to play that. It was so hard. Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img Advertisement In Syria, five-year-old Marcel Ward’s first love was a small plastic keyboard.Now his family, who fled the violence in Damascus, calls him “Mini Mozart.” And he’s got the skills to prove it. Eahem Ward said she never imagined that small red keyboard would change her son’s life, but it was one of the few possessions they took with them when they left Syria in 2012. Marcel kept playing it throughout his family’s journey to Dubai, Lebanon, the U.S. and finally, Hamilton, Ont. Twitterlast_img

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