Can one play the piano without hearing? For Dr Azariah Tan, who only has 15% of his hearing left, his passion for music outweighs his disability.
He was diagnosed with congenital bilateral sensorineural hearing loss at the age of 4, and his parents knocked on many doors before they found piano teachers who would take him. 24 years later, the 28-year-old has a doctorate in Piano Performance and a double masters in Music from the University of Michigan. He also graduated with first-class honours in Music from the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music and is dubbed “one of Singapore’s finest musicians”.
More about the series ‘This is What I Hear’:
Four hard-of-hearing individuals – a boy going for ear surgery, a teenage athlete rising in her bowling career, a young dancer, and an accomplished pianist – let us into their lives to understand the challenges and misconceptions of the world of the deaf.
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