For Ma Yifei, a 16-year-old visually impaired girl, the violin piece of the Beijing 2022 theme song, Snowflake, that she played in the closing ceremony of the Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games, is her best gift for Paralympians across the globe.
Ma, a sophomore in Ningxia Special Education High School in northwest China’s Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, lost her eyesight at the age of two through illness. With the hope that music would serve as an extra way to reach out to the world, she started to learn to play the piano at five and violin at nine.
“It took a few thousand times for her to play a piece correctly as she always played the wrong notes because she could not see the keyboard.” said Ma’s mother.
“Sadness or joy, each piece is different,” Ma said, adding that although Snowflake is related to winter, she can feel “warmth, hope and light.”