60 Minutes Follows Derek

In-the-Key-of-GeniusDerek Paravicini is by no means the only pianist interviewed multiple times on 60 Minutes, but his blindness, autism, and ability to play thousands of pieces effortlessly distinguishes him from many other pianists. There is, however, much more. Derek can play any piece, in any key, and in the style of any composer. Some critics argue that his talent is due to a better-than-average memory, but Derek also instantly composes pieces based on note suggestions from multiple audience members. A person who cannot remember how to show three fingers, button a button, or zip a zipper is certainly not relying on memory to play piano so well.

As I mentioned in the post titled “People with Amazing Talent,” I am writing about Savant Syndrome because many savants have overcome significant obstacles and adversities to fit into society. In the following video, we get a glimpse into the life of Derek Paravicini.

Although the following video was not part of the 60 Minutes interview, I thought the video would interest readers who want to know more about Derek.


  1. Could you perform your daily routine if you closed your eyes for 24 hours?
  2. What does Derek’s skill teach us about overcoming adversity?

Thanks to Derek Paravicini, Adam OckelfordCBS News, 60 Minutes, Lesley Stahl, Wikipedia, YouTube, and all the other people who made it possible for me to use the picture and video I included in this post.


  1. I think music tugs on a whole different realm of the spirit than words can. Otherwise artists like Carlos Santana would not be able to reach the hearts of people in such an unforgettable way. When the two are at their best, at the same time, it is phenomenal.

    1. Stanley, it’s great to hear from you again. I agree with you — music reaches the heart faster and more effectively than words. Perhaps what is so appealing about the music Derek plays is that it a blend of words, thoughts, and actions.

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