Czech drummer knows 'piano man'

THE mysteriously mute piano virtuoso found wandering on an English beach last month could be a Czech classical musician who once played in a rock band, a drummer in the combo has been quoted as saying.

Klaudius Kryspin said he immediately recognised the man as Tomas Strnad, even though it has been many years since they played together in a tribute band called Ropotamo.
"When I saw the picture in the newspapers, I knew it was Tomas," Kryspin told the Mail on Sunday newspaper in Prague.

The tall blond man, thought to be in his 20s or early 30s, was found on April 7 on the beach at Minster, on the south coast of England, soaking wet but fully dressed in a black suit, with no clue as to his origin.

He has fascinated social workers, the British media and the general public over his one means of communication: playing classical piano music.

When shown a piano at the hospital chapel, the man impressed his carers with a virtuoso performance.

Kryspin, who has not seen Strnad in nine years, said his old band mate had trained as a classical musician, and that his "first love was always Chopin, Mozart and Liszt".

Agencias: Agence France-Presse
Fecha: Lunes 30 de mayo de 2005
Notas: Copyright 2005 News Limited.
ID: 1565 Editar

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