Norman Malone

Pianist Norman Malone has led an unpredictable and heroic journey to the concert stage. As a child, he was a prodigious pianist, but a tragic event that occurred when he was 10 years old left him paralyzed on his right side. Undaunted, Malone proceeded to develop his art as a pianist, specializing in repertoire written for the left hand by masters such as Brahms, Ravel, Prokofiev, Britten and others. DePaul University accepted him as a music student despite his disability, and Malone spent nine years completing his undergraduate studies, then went on to earn a master’s degree at DePaul. He enjoyed a long and successful career as a high school choral teacher in Chicago, meanwhile secretly continuing to develop his art at the piano. When Malone was in his late 70s, the Chicago Tribune ran a series of stories about him, and Malone suddenly began receiving invitations to give performances. At age 78, he launched his long-delayed career as a concert pianist, his singular story now being developed as a documentary film produced by Chicago’s widely admired Kartemquin Films.

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