A Remarkable Twist of Fate


How a missed train led to fame for an Italian pianist.

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This article appears on The Local.

A young Italian pianist has been catapulted to stardom, with work opportunities flooding in, including playing at a concert in London, after he was filmed playing the piano at Milan’s Centrale station.

21-year-old Emanuele Fasano’s performance went viral after being posted on Facebook (video below), earning him legions of fans from across the globe.

And it’s all because he missed his train home.

On December 23rd, Fasano, who was travelling to Rome to spend the Christmas holidays with his family, wandered around the station and saw the piano. Looking to kill some time before the next train arrived, he began to play, stunning passers-by with his virtuous performance.

A crowd quickly gathered as people took a moment from their hectic pre-Christmas schedule to listen to the music, and among them was Italian television producer Alberto Simone.

Simone, who lives in Los Angeles but was in Italy on a brief visit, recorded the performance on his phone, uploading the video to his Facebook page the following day with the caption: “Milano Centrale station. A piano is available for anyone. And this boy passes by.”

Some 3.3 million people have already watched the video, which has been shared almost 70,000 times on the social networking site.

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