Pianist Liu Meng-chieh aims to inspire Hong Kong's youth
One of the world's most renowned pianists, who fought his way back from serious illness to perform again, hopes his music and life can inspire the city's youth.
Liu Meng-chieh, from Taiwan, will collaborate with the SAR Philharmonic Orchestra, the musical arm of the SAR Philharmonic Charitable Foundation, to raise funds for youth charity KELY Support Group tonight.
Themed The Power of Youth - A Celebration of Classical Music, the concert is at the Cultural Centre, starting at 7.30pm, featuring pieces by Beethoven and Shostakovich. In 1996, the US-based pianist contracted a debilitating disease that left him paralysed for five months.
His ailment was finally diagnosed as vasculitis, an extremely rare disorder of the immune system that inflames the victim's vascular system.
After suffering a heart attack, his chances of survival - let alone his chances of ever playing the piano again - were slim.
But he battled his way back to full health and has enjoyed a successful concert career.
Liu, 41, hoped many attending the concert would be motivated by his story and his music.
He said: "What I'd like to get across to these young people coming to the show is that with a lot of will and determination you can achieve anything.
"You can get inspiration through music. It definitely helped me and I want to share that gift with others."
KELY is a non-government-funded charitable organisation dedicated to offering the youth of Hong Kong support and guidance on issues concerning drug and alcohol addiction.