31st January 2018
Blind teen violinist commutes 12 hours for music lessons
While others would look at blindness as a disability if not a curse, for 17-year-old Ding Yijie from southern China, blindness only meant looking for a creative alternative in learning music apart from reading a music sheet.
Yijie’s dream is honest in its boldness: once she finishes her studies in the Academy for Performing Arts in Hong Kong, she plans to attend the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, and one day, perform in Carnegie Hall in New York.
It sounds ambitious enough, but her journey comes absent of the formulaic tropes and linear trajectory so often seen in feel-good Hollywood movies; Yijie has a long way to go. Her journey to the Academy for Performing Arts for her violin lessons, for one, already takes 12 hours back and forth without traffic, according to a report by the South China Morning Post in Jan. 17.