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Peng Haitao prepares to perform "Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence" by Ryuichi Sakamoto on a boat on the Yangtze River. John Ruwitch for NPR hide caption

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The Sunday Story: A Song for Grief in China

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Gabríel Ólafs drew inspiration from Viking tunes for his album Lullabies for Piano and Cello, featuring cellist Steiney Sigurðardóttir. Courtesy of Universal Music hide caption

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Viking heritage inspires soothing lullabies from Icelandic pianist Gabríel Ólafs

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Pianist Lara Downes has released a new album of contemporary and historical works called Love at Last. Max Barrett/Lara Downes hide caption

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Pianist Lara Downes heals loss with 'Love At Last'

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This Kid Just Put Everyone Else's Pandemic Hobby Game To Shame

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Fresh Starts: Tales Of Renewal For A New Year

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Greta Pane is a post-doctoral fellow in English literature at Boston University. Sally Pane hide caption

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Meeting After A Moment Of Musical Connection, 17 Years Later

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Oscar Paz Suaznabar started playing keyboard by ear when he was just 2. The now 9-year-old pianist has played at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center. Courtesy Oscar Paz Suaznabar hide caption

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When This 9-Year-Old Pianist Plays, He Feels The Music

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