Knowing that, Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes started to wonder "about why Beethoven's music took such a radical turn at that moment in his life," he told Michael Levin for the Huffington Post.
His musings about the great composer have led the pianist to work with hearing-impaired children, allowing them to put their hands inside the piano and feel the vibration of the strings.
He lets them sit among the musicians during orchestra rehearsals so they can be "inside the action."
He calls his program Feel The Music, and it has won awards in Europe, working with children in Cologne, Prague, Brussels, London, Dublin, Lucerne, and Paris, among other cities. Andsnes is currently touring the United States with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra.
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