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Heroes in our society are regarded with our utmost admiration. They are those who persevere to achieve things against all odds and we praise them for their selflessness, courage, high spirits, and perseverance. Who could better represent these qualities than Hee Ah Lee, the Four Fingered Pianist? Hee Ah Lee was born on July 9th, 1985, in Seoul, South Korea, and he was born with severe disabilities, including only two fingers on each hand, no legs below his kneecaps, and mild brain damage. When she was seven, her mother started her on the piano to train her hands, which at that time couldn`t even hold a pencil. "However, as time went by, the piano became my source of inspiration and my best friend," she recalls. Soon she diligently practiced piano for hours at a time trying really hard to improve. For example, she worked on one passage from Chopin`s Fantasia Impromptu for five years. She wanted to quit many times but finally succeeded. "The piano has provided me with many benefits which are consolation, courage, gratitude, and compassion are just a few. It has also given me the added opportunity to meet many friends worldwide," Hee told a journalist once. In 1992, she won the First Prize at the Korean National Student Music Contest, and has since won many more contests and has also played in many solo-concerts along with playing with many well-known artists. She was even awarded by the then President of Korea, DaeJong Kim, for Overcoming Physical Difficulty. She has also been recognized as one of the best students in Seoul by the Korean Education Department. “I hope people are inspired by the idea ‘Yes, I can do anything’ while listening to me play.” -Hee Ah Lee “In my life, I have experienced many difficulties and have struggled hard to overcome some of my obvious disabilities. I continue to struggle daily, but I am comforted and feel deep consolation in being privileged with the
Moreover." says a foreign spectator. The "Dream the Impossible Dream". Nusa Dua. also like the old song sang by Matt Monroe in the sixties. last Thurday night. Bali International Convention Centre. enjoyed Hee`s performances from second to second . played 10 piano compositions. The concert`s theme was "Dream the Impossible Dream" to inspire all people with physical deformities like Hee. She. Hee’s one of 24 woman pianist from South Korea. who can make such monumental creation and moves like her. like the others. especially with those who may be undergoing a difficult struggle in their life. She is an example of what can be done when one put one’s mind and heart to it. I hope to return what I’ve received from God to you. When she was 19 years old and attended The Korean National College of Rehabilitation and Welfare. Hee Ah Lee has enchanted people at The Westin with her very special performances in playing the piano and singing. She was very shy at first in the presence of two thousand spectators. Bali. in Nusa Dua Hall.opportunity to express my appreciation for life by using the talents that God has blessed me with and sharing them with you. hard work and believing in one self. But the situation immediately changed gradually as soon as she put all her four fingers on her specially designed piano. who came with her husband and two kids. From her we learn about patience.” -Hee Ah Lee And now.” -Hee Ah Lee “My goal in life is to share my experiences with others. that Hee sang at the end of the concert. Try hard to become whatever you want to be. “Do not compare yourself to others. I love you all. Ike Christensen. from Denmark. in her effort to raising fund for The Check Out for Children Programme. who was born with some physical deformities such as only two fingers on each hand and legs ended at her knees. "It`s very inspiring and touching.” -Hee Ah Lee Hee Ah Lee is inspirational because she is highly diligent and patient.
and one year later Lee won the grand prize in a piano concert for kindergarteners. a Pianist with Four Fingers" that had been released in June. and was determined that she would live a successful life. that Hee was born with the Down Syndrome and some physical deformities. She decided to continue with the pregnancy and in 1985 in Seoul. Her mother. and a slight brain injury. Today Hee is 24. Her first album titled "Hee-ah. and is a widely traveled concert pianist with more than 200 appearances." said her. South Korea. Lee`s mother became unexpectedly pregnant while married to a disabled man. Kim Dae-Jung. who also accompanied her on the special occasion on the stage. It was at age seven that Hee won Korea`s 19th National Handicap Conquest Contest and was presented with an award by the President of Korea at that time. It became a three-month contest of wills between mother and daughter that led to a confrontation in which Sun actually threw her daughter on the floor in frustration. two years ago. the proud mother. disfigurement of her legs. Sun. thought her baby was beautiful.and likely didn`t believe that a woman with physical deformities like Hee could played the piano so lovely. "I was very surprised seeing my little baby like that. said. The hospital told Sun that she could not care for the child at home and relatives wanted her to place the child for adoption in a foreign country. Hee gives tribute to her mother for challenging her to master the piano . The doctors at first thought that she will not survive because she was born very very weak. has won numerous awards. She said Hee got back up on the piano bench and for the first time played the children`s song she had been trying to learn. Doctors told her that because of a medication she had been taking. That was the turning point. her child would not be normal. Seeing the mother and daughter on the stage. little Hee Ah Lee was born with only two fingers on each hand. merely like to hear and experience the story of a mother and daughter who have overcome the odds from the very beginning. When Lee was a pre-schooler her mother decided that she wanted her daughter to take piano lessons.
the spontaneous applause filled the air for many times.. She survive and now in a world tour for a calling." a western woman who attended the concert said. And. "I am very toched by the song. was also a part of her performance. "As time went by." she said after the composition successfully played." In the progress. means means mother in high respect and love. give a big and warm smile every time she did that. Hee was still weak and could not walk normally.. And the result was. "She even couldn`t hold a pencil to neither draw nor write something. "Fantasia impromptu"." said another spectator at her seat. "I was and still played the piano 10 hours a day. Her counterpart. After year and year. not like a normal baby.. . She has an idol. Hee not only could play the piano. "Bunda". the piano became my source of inspiration and my best friend.and said that although her training was difficult. I hope could strengthen her grip in the fingers and it worked. the piano. Lee Chun Hee. before this concert in the Westin. the spectators could feel the spirit transferred from a mother to her baby like Hee. In Korea at that time. The very touchy Indonesian song. Richard Clayderman. represents the love Sun always had as a little baby.. it was a very difficult condition for the mother with a baby like Hee. "It`s so honest and sincere. Every day because I know God loves me with my four fingers. but everyone understand the message. Hee can prove it very to the spectators. was a simple example of the achievement made by Hee after many years having piano lessons with a special instructor. Although not everybody there could understand firmly the meaning of "Bunda" sung by Hee in a not very fluent Indonesian language. with a special gesture. Hee." said her mother. played the grand piano whilst Hee sang the song. who was very successful in collaborating the entertainment and the meaning of playing piano on stage. "Bunda" in Indonesian language. had played piano in the White House.. People always laugh or at least. to share the love and happiness and inspiration to the world. Her mother not just talks like a proud mother.
I continued to struggle daily." she said beside the grand piano. It was "My Way" she sang very clear. but I am comforted and felt a deep consolation in being privileged with the opportunity to express my appreciation for life by using the talents that God has blessed me with and sharing them with you. . I have experienced many difficulties and have struggled hard to overcome some of my obvious disabilities." she said behind the stage. because Hee also tell the people how her struggle was to beat her physical deformities. Terima kasih. "In my life. "The best present I could bring is love.But it was not the end.