Czech musician denies he's the mystery piano man

A Czech classical musician has appeared on television to deny he is the mysterious mute pianist found last month wandering on an English beach.

Tomas Strnad, a former rock musician who fellow band members claimed was the unknown pianist, has appeared on three Czech television stations to say he has been misrepresented.

"I want to take this matter in the right direction. This is someone else, not me," Strnad said.

The tall blonde pianist, thought to be in his 20s or early 30s, was found April 7 on a beach in southern England.

He was soaking wet but fully dressed in a black suit from which all the labels had been removed.

He had no ID documents on his person.

He has not spoken since and has not responded to written appeals while being kept under observation in a psychiatric hospital.

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

Two Czech musicians had claimed after seeing photographs in the media that the unknown man was their former fellow rock band member Strnad.

More than 1,000 people have responded to an appeal for information that could help identify the pianist, and have suggested about 250 possible names.

Agencias: AFP
Medio: ABC News
Fecha: Miércoles 1 de junio de 2005
Notas: © 2005 ABC
ID: 1567 Editar

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