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He wasn’t immediately bullish on music, although it’s clearly in his genes. His paternal grandfather was a concertmaster with the Syracuse Symphony. Jill’s grandmother was a concert pianist in Chicago. His father, Jon, an attorney, played clarinet in high school. Will’s 28-year-old brother, Sam, plays trumpet.
When Eisenberg was about 10, he became a patient of Marshall Taniguchi, M.D., a pediatric rehabilitation doctor at Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare.
Taniguchi quickly became the young man’s greatest cheerleader, asking about his music and other interests before asking him about his physical challenges.
“William always struck me as extraordinarily serious and focused,” Taniguchi said. “It’s been great to watch him develop.”
Even now, Taniguchi tells Gillette families about his gifted French horn player patient to inspire them.
Last year’s performance at the Kennedy Center was a highlight for Eisenberg. He was honored, along with a handful of other musicians, by VSA, an international organization founded by Jean Kennedy Smith to provide arts opportunities for people with disabilities.
“Music, or any art really, is just sort of a really special thing to do,” said Eisenberg, who does make time to read fantasy sci-fi and follow the Timberwolves. “It’s a way to express yourself,” and see the world.
He has traveled to China and Singapore and spent a summer outside Florence, Italy, playing chamber music.
After a summer with the Atlantic Music Festival, Eisenberg is looking toward graduation in May. He’d like to be an orchestral horn player or maybe a music teacher, knowing what patient, nurturing teachers can mean to a child.
His mom knows that the road to a professional career can be grueling.
But she doesn’t worry, much.
“You put a horn in his hands,” she said, “and he owns the world.”
Gail Rosenblum • 612-673-7350
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