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Kapiti violinist becomes viral star
KAPITI ENTERTAINMENT - Busking Bach, Richard Taylor performs a piece by Bach outside Coastlands Shopping Centre in Paraparaumu

RNZ reports on 23-year-old Richard Taylor performing a piece by Bach outside Coastlands Shopping Centre in Paraparaumu.
A video (Link below) was posted of Richard to the Vic Deals Facebook page and racked up more than 22,000 views in 36 hours. It now has 74,000 views.
"I wasn't expecting that. I thought it was a one-off," he says, following the popularity of the video.
Richard's music brings a nice ambience to the local mall, says Coastlands Shopping Centre manager Jan Forrest.
"It's so relaxing and just nice and pleasant," she says. "We get great feedback about him. It's nice he's doing his music and clearly loving it."
It turns out Richard is no stranger to busking at Coastlands. He first picked up the violin at age four, after watching his mother Mary Taylor play.
Mary, a professional violinist, performed with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and taught the instrument.
It wasn't long until Richard was keen to learn, and by the age of 10, he was performing at the mall with his mother.
"It was quite difficult," he says. "Playing in front of my peers wasn't easy, but it became a habit over the years.
"It definitely helped to overcome fear in terms of nerves, especially in playing in front of the audience. It helps in every single possible way in terms of performing."
Richard loves playing Bach but also mixes it up with folk music, Irish tunes, and covers 'Stairway to Heaven' and Metallica.
He also throws in a few original classical pieces he's composed.
Richard is hoping to head to Victoria University later in the year to work on his music education.
But for now, you can still find him busking in Paraparaumu almost every day.
"For me personally it's not about the money, it's about how I can get out and play… that's the reward for me."

Jan Duffield (added 54 weeks ago)
Wow !! Richard, so enjoy your music . With Mum Mary, not surprising you are so gifted . Keep on playing in Kapiti. Love it .
April Cooke (added 54 weeks ago)
I never hesitate to drop something in the kete. You go Richard
Kyla (added 54 weeks ago)
Always see him about love it he is amazing
Lala Brown (added 55 weeks ago)
Make sure you do get to Victoria Universityrn I have heard you play often and you are such a refreshing change and clearly so gifted
Ing (added 55 weeks ago)
Fantastic, i wish you all the best for your future. Follow your dreams young man
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