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Violinist with one hand inspires young musicians

The first time the students saw Adrian Anantawan play his violin, they were stunned. He had no right hand, and yet an attachment he called “the spatula” allowed him to play an arrangement of the Beatles song, “Yesterday.”

“I was astonished,” says Kelly Exilus, 11, a violist from Jamaica Plain and one of the students that spring day at the Conservatory Lab Charter School in Brighton. “I thought, ‘Wow.’ ”

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