A Polish janitor overheard playing Chopin on a grand piano is giving up his cleaning job to begin a career as a pianist. Aleksander Kudajczyk, 28, was playing the piano in the chapel of Glasgow University, where he was employed as a cleaner, when he was spotted on a webcam. People couldn’t believe what they heard because he played Chopin perfectly without any error. As word of his talent spread, hundreds of staff and students logged on to listen to him, reports the Daily Telegraph.
The university principal, Sir Muir Russell, invited him to play for dinner parties, and he has since performed concerts, recorded music for a film and taken on his first pupil. Kudajczyk began playing at the age of four and graduated from the music academy in Katowice, but moved to Scotland with his girlfriend a year ago to find a “better life”.
“I came to Scotland to settle down and because the opportunities to make a living are better here than in Poland. I found work, cleaning the law department in the university from 6am. But I always wanted to be a pianist and practised every day. Now I am leaving my cleaning job to play full time. Friday will be my last day with a brush. Now I have a chance to achieve my dreams.”
Isn’t this lovely!? I mean, this is a great example of a self-made man, who struggles from the bottom to reach the absolute peak of the mountain. We certainly need more of these people. I also think a lot on those immigrants I see here in Sweden, cleaning and serving Shish Kebab- sticks. We don’t know what kind of knowledge they have in their rucksacks, or what they worked with before they came to Europe. We just take it for granted that they are supposed to work serving our food or clean our toilets. If the unions would stop protecting Swedes and Swedish sky-rocketing salaries and maintain all their unrealistic demands on labor power outside Sweden, these people would be able to reach out on the labor market a lot faster than the case is today. It’s a pity to see brain surgeons, engineers and scientists being forced to drive around in a cab all day instead of doing their profession. Talk about wasting human capital!