Three-Fingered Pianist Connie Wong On A Life Driven By Passion
“What drives me? It’s not the memory of a single performance, or a piece of music; it’s an attitude.” Connie Wong has overcome her fair share of obstacles. Born with a congenital deficiency, Connie was born with three full fingers, and underwent countless surgeries as a young child.
Despite these challenges in her formative years, Connie began playing piano aged 13, and her passion grew from there. “These three fingers stand for three words to live by: never give up,” she says. One of Connie’s own compositions, A Wonderful Journey, reflects her journey. “It has both quiet and energetic sections; it’s like our lives, with ups and downs.”
Connie hopes to inspire the next generation through her work as a teacher and mentor, working with young musicians. “There have been many times that I’ve wanted to give up,” says Connie. “But each failure teaches you something.” These days, she says, she focuses less on the notes that she can’t play, and more on sharing the story—and the person—behind the music. That’s not to say that Connie is immune to stress. “I used to feel like even the small things were too difficult to overcome,” she says. But now, when life proves overwhelming, she embraces the calming influence of nature, where she finds embracing the nature helps her recharge and fills in a new sense of energy.
Ultimately, whether it’s a love of nature, of teaching, or of performing itself, it comes down to passion. “Stepping onto the stage,” Connie says, “I am transported. I’ve found what drives me.”
Connie’s resilience and determination shows a true demonstration of an ethos shared by She’s Mercedes. Despite how rocky the road is, it is important to carry her dreams forward by never giving up and stay persistent to her beliefs.
Watch the video below to learn more about Connie’s drive to succeed!