Deux Arabesque by Claude Debussy
Performed by Yannie Tan
Yannie Tan is a senior at Atlanta International School and a prospective freshman at Stanford University. Alongside winning the International Piano Festival, the MTNA National Piano Competition, and having soloed with John Creeks Symphony Orchestra and others, Yannie is also the founder of Astutia, a competition to promote women in STEAM fields. You can follow her piano and various other inspiring endeavors on her YouTube channel.
Synesthesia is something I don’t really see as a disorder - in fact, I think of it as a phenomenon that helps others think in ways we have not previously. I have had synesthesia ever since I was born. The experience of seeing colors in the music notes when I play piano is certainly a satisfying one. I think that once when we observe these topics in another dimension, we are able to expand our creative abilities to do even more than what was ever possible. I believe in the advocacy of changing the stigma behind mental disorders and how we can use innovative approaches to change our perspectives of ordinary things.