The man who gained attention on YouTube for playing piano amid the ravaged neighborhoods of war-torn Syria tells his life story—from his coming of age as the son of Palestinian refugees, to his training as a pianist and family music business, to his eventual flight form the country that is still in the midst of civil war.
In The Pianist from Syria, Ahmad tells the story of his family’s terrible deprivations during the civil war. His losses are profound, and it was truly miraculous that he and his family were finally able to escape to safety in Germany. Yet the true hero of this story is Ahmad’s music ... Written in an open, honest style, The Pianist from Syria is a testament to the resilience and beauty of ordinary people with simple dreams.
Ahmad's memoir ... brings readers inside Yarmouk, where passing through a checkpoint means risking arrest, and snipers shoot starving people as they wait for UN aid boxes. His is a unique and affecting viewpoint on life in Syria before and in the midst of extreme violence.
Pianist Ahmad shares a powerful account of his escape from Syria and the music that ultimately saved him ... This is a deeply moving account of one man’s struggle to survive while bringing hope to thousands through his music.