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Pianist Pursues Love of Music at Mason Gross With Braille Scores


Pianist Yerko Difonis has pursued his love of music even while navigating the challenges he faced growing up blind and with a hearing impairment. Now a graduate student in piano performance at Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, he has continued his passion with the support of the school, including a system to ensure he has the necessary Braille scores to practice and prepare his musical selections. A Tempo host Rachel Katz chats with Difonis and his instructor, Mason Gross piano faculty member Karina Bruk, this Saturday (8/21 at 7 pm), about his early experience with music and adapting to life as a graduate student during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Photo: Nick Romanenko/Rutgers University