Derek Paravicini and Adam Ockelford

In the key of genius

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Filmed Jan 2013 at TEDxWarwick
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Born three and a half months prematurely, Derek Paravicini is blind and has severe autism. But with perfect pitch, innate talent and a lot of practice, he became a concert pianist by the age of 10. Here, his longtime piano teacher, Adam Ockelford, explains his student's unique relationship to music, while Paravicini shows how he has ripped up the "Chopsticks" rulebook.

Derek Paravicini
/ Musician

Pianist Derek Paravicini understands music systematically. Once a child prodigy, he’s matured into a creative musician, able to reimagine songs in ways few can.  Full bio.

Adam Ockelford
/ Music teacher

A composer and music teacher who has long worked with children with special needs, Adam Ockelford is interested in the psychology of music.  Full bio.

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