Daniel Pesca’s concert, and not a Mario brother in sight

Aged 4, Daniel Pesca was sketching Mario Brothers video game ideas, so by the time he started taking piano lessons at age 7, it was not unexpected that he would compose his own music.

“He was always trying to create something new,” said Pesca’s mom, Robin Pesca.

“I think I was born with the urge to compose,” Pesca, 20, said recently, taking a break from practicing on a Steinway in some friends’ home not far from his family’s Huntsville home. “Often, I’d spend hours a day at it when I was a child.”

“The question is not whether Daniel will become an important composer, but just how soon that’ll happen!” Eastman Professor Dr. Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez wrote in a recent e-mail.

Read the full article: Mr. Pesca’s opus.

Continued below...