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ED’s Note: This article was first published in the June 2013 print edition of  Addis Standard magazine

Zela Gayle

Addis Abeba, May 25/2018 – “Love” is what “motivates” him to play the piano because “the sound of it is so much related to the feeling of love.” These are not words from a teenage boy, who is deep in his high school crash; these are the words of an Ethiopian pianist Samuel Yirga, who, at 27, is fast becoming one of the most innovative young piano players around the world.