One-handed violinist to give concert at SUNY potsdam Feb. 23, biomedical engineering talk at Clarkson Feb. 22
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 - 5:47 pm

POTSDAM -- SUNY Potsdam and Clarkson University will host violinist Adrian Anantawan for a talk and a performance Feb. 22 and Feb. 23.

His violin concert will be Feb. 23 at 7:30 p.m. in the Hosmer Concert Hall at SUNY Potsdam.

Anantawan will discuss how rehabilitation engineering enabled him to develop into the violinist he is today at a biomedical engineering seminar in Clarkson University’s Plane Atrium Friday, Feb. 22, at 4 p.m.

The seminar, “Moving Music Forward: Adaptation, Evolution and Technology,” is sponsored by Clarkson’s Center for Rehabilitation Engineering Science and Technology and the Canadian Studies Program.

He will also lead a discussion about music education at SUNY Potsdam's Crane School of Music on Saturday, Feb. 23.

Born of Thai-Chinese ethnicity, Anantawan began playing the violin at nine, and has since established himself as a rising star in classical music. In 2001, he was accepted into the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia with a merit-based full scholarship, and went on to earn a master's degree from Yale University.

Anantawan is a key proponent of the disabled arts, as he was born without a right hand. He is a national spokesperson for the War Amps of Canada and the Holland Bloorview Kids Rehab Center. Active within Canadian media, his documentary. "Adrian Anantawan: The Story Behind the Notes" is currently being broadcast across the country by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

Anantawan has performed extensively in Canada as a soloist with the Orchestras of Toronto, Nova Scotia, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Montreal, Edmonton and Vancouver. He has also presented feature recitals at the White House, the Aspen Music Festival and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall.

Anantawan will be accompanied by pianist Amy Yang during his Potsdam performance. The program will include Bach's Sonata for violin and Clavier in C-Minor (BWV 1017), William’s Sonata No. 1 for violin and piano in E-Minor, Ravel's Sonata for violin and piano in G-Major and Brahms' Sonata No. 3 for violin and piano, Op. 108.

This event is free for all SUNY Potsdam and Clarkson University students. Tickets are $10 for all SUNY Potsdam or Clarkson employees and seniors, and $15 for the general public.

Tickets can be purchased by visiting the Community Performance Series Box Office, located in the lobby of the Snell Music Theater on the SUNY Potsdam campus, which is open between 12:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Tickets can also be purchased by calling 267-2277 or visiting at