by Maille Halloran
For world renowned tenor Andrea Bocelli, music was a passion that also paid the bills. The prodigy played piano in bars in order to afford both singing lessons and his law studies at the University of Pisa. Bocelli grew up a musical virtuoso, learning the piano, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, drums and flute from an early age. At the age of 12, after an accident during a game of soccer, Bocelli lost his sight. Bocelli’s impaired vision did not however, affect his musical talent. The next instrument the young man trained in was his voice.
As a young adult, Andrea Bocelli studied law at the University of Pisa, one of Italy’s oldest established law schools. After graduating as a Doctor of Law, he practised for one year as a state-appointed attorney before leaving the law to study singing with tenor Franco Corelli. When asked why he had decided on a career change, Bocelli said “I don’t think one really decides to be a singer – other people decide it for you by their reactions.”