Deaf musician plays viola with Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
By WMAR Staff
Nov 16, 2016
Music isn’t just for people who can hear. Wendy Cheng has proved that. She’s deaf — but plays the viola.
Cheng was invited to play with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Wednesday night in an event called the Rusty Musicians. It was a chance for ordinary music lovers to play Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with professionals.
“I chose to do this with the BSO because I love that movement very much,” Cheng said. “The idea of playing it with a real orchestra was just too irresistible for me to pass up. Even though I have a hearing loss; I keep thinking, Beethoven would approve.”
Cheng, founder of the Association of Adult Musicians with Hearing Loss, has always been a musician. She lost her hearing after a bad fever when she was 2 years old. She started playing the piano at age seven and later began playing violin in college.