Equity Scholarship recipient Arson Fahim fell in love with music by chance. One day at age 5, in the Afghan refugee camp in Pakistan where Arson lived, he walked into a room where people were watching the World War II film The Pianist. The movie portrays the true story of Holocaust survivor and musician Wladyslav Szpilman, and Arson was captivated by what he saw.
I remember thinking, “Wow, how could the sound of a piano save someone’s life?” All those years, I dreamed that one day I could touch a real piano.
In 2012 when my family settled in Kabul, I heard the piano again at a children’s learning centre in the city. From behind a closed door of a room came this wonderful sound—someone was playing a beautiful piece of music. I knew I should not go in uninvited, but I couldn’t help myself. The teacher was giving a lesson, but he let me walk up to the baby grand piano. I gently touched it and pressed every single key, for the first time in my life. From that moment, I knew I had to learn piano. I had to become a musician.