It’s possible that by now you’ve heard rumblings of this news, but nonetheless, Japan’s celebrated deaf composer Mamoru Samuragochi recently admitted that not only does he not compose his own symphonies, but he’s also not the sympathetic character everyone grew to love, as he apparently is not actually deaf.
The Hollywood Reporter hails him as the once-perceived “gifted son of a WWII atomic bomb survivor who overcame poverty and a degenerative hearing disorder to share his love of music with the nation,” that nation being famous for their love of classical music.
The composer reportedly hired a ghostwriter, created an elaborate social image, and paid out a pretty penny or two for the service. The admission came when the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games were just around the corner, and reportedly at the persuasion of Samuragochi’s ghostwriting partner of more than twenty years, Takashi Niigaki.
Niigaki claims he couldn’t bear the burden of “their crime” as he learned Japanese figure skater, Daisuke Takahashi, “planned to perform to one of the compositions [during the games].” Read the rest of the unbelievable story at The Hollywood Reporter, and let us know what you think!