Rex Lewis-Clack is a young American Pianist. He was born in the Southern California in the year 1995 to Cathleen Lewis and Wasaga Clack. He is an accomplished musical maestro even though he was born with physical impediments – Septo-optic Dysplasia, a form of blindness and cerebral Arachnoid cyst. He began his education at the center for Blind Children in Los Angeles.
Rex became fascinated with the piano keyboard at the age of 2 and developed his musical skills. He self taught himself till the age of 5 and eventually started taking lessons. His teacher was enthralled when he played 11 scales in one day after being taught only one. His blindness as well as autistic traits made him a “prodigious musical savant.” The Savant Syndrome is a rare condition where a person could be having developmental disabilities yet possess incredible talent or skill in contradiction to the mental or physical limitations. Their skills can beat even the non-disabled people and there are hardly a few 100 of such savants in the world. At the age of 7 he was filmed for his very first profile titled “Musically Speaking” which attracted CBS’s attention. His 2008 profile called “Rex” won him the Edward R. Murrow award for excellence in 2009.
He also featured with the British musical savant Derek Paravicini who is 16 years senior to Rex. They featured a documentary in 2006 titled “The Musical Genius”. The documentary aired on British Television series called Extraordinary People as “Musical Savants” and on the discovery health channel in the United States. The Science Channel in 2011 aired an 8 part series “Ingenious Minds,” where he appeared in the feature show titled “The Boy with the Musical Mind”. He received invitations from around the world to play music. He usually travels with his mother to selected places and performs for fundraising for the education and care of the disabled. He is adept at Vocal arrangements, classical repertoire, and can instantly improvise.
He received the 2006 “Winspiration Award” in Germany, given to the individuals who motivate others to win. His 60 minute profile “Rex” won him the 2009 Edward R. Murrow Award. The award is given for Best Feature in a Newsmagazine. Rex has in the following documentaries and Television features:
- “Musically speaking” – Sixty minute profile, CBS, 2003
- “Rex” – Sixty minute profile, CBS, 2005
- “Musical Savants” – The discovery health profile, United States, 2006
- “The Musical Genius” – Britain’s “Extraordinary People”, 2006
- 2008—CBS 60 Minutes profile “Rex.”—winner of The Edward R. Murrow Award . . . “Best Feature in a Newsmagazine.”
- “Ingenious Minds”- 2011-12, the science channel.
His biography titled “Rex—A Mother, Her Autistic Child, and the Music that Transformed their Lives,” has also been published by Cathleen Lewis in the year 2008 by Thomas Nelson Publishers. The biography reveals his training and talents and his journey with his mother’s support and care. The biography written in English has been translated to at least 8 foreign languages.