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A year ago Beñat Larrukert fainted during an engineering exam and he hit his head on the ground. After 5 neurological surgery procedures he had to learn to talk and walk again, to grasp life with energy, inexhaustible curiosity and desire to exercise in new things.

Frantic, blabbermouth and scoundrel, he enters the cafeteria El Globo in Irun and following the suggestion of the waitress, he starts playing the piano in the middle of the room...

How did you start with the violin?
I started studying music at the age of 7 with a private teacher, I went to the music school in Irun and then started studying the violin with Julio Bravo. At age 14 I started in the Conservatoire with Raffaela Acella (he makes a gesture of playing an invisible violin, laughter). I have always liked folk music: I learned euskal dantza (Basque dances) and I love Irish music, in which the violin is quite a protagonist... Maybe that's why I chose the violin.
You are 20 years old... May I ask what you want to be when you grow up?
I studied industrial engineering to become a teacher, I wanted to be an aeronautical engineer and I also love children. That's why I'm a children's leisure monitor. I am passionate about the audiovisual world and I have studied theater for 5 years, in addition to singing in a choir and doing the 'Behobia-San Sebastián' half marathon twice. (He pauses the speech...) Actually, I have got ants in my pants... I like everything, as I say in my video about my hobbies (we've included it below).
It's great to have a lot of interests... after the accident, you had to put aside engineering and get stuck into improving your life...
Yes, I left the degree and focused on my rehabilitation and in my videos, because I was making videos before the accident. In my videos I make everything, even music, recording or editing. I remember the videos I recorded to my friends with the cell phone when I was in the hospital, I was able to understand everything they said to me, but I spoke very bad...
The language... how do you think without having any language?
In fact... it's very difficult... I forgot Spanish, Basque and English. In addition, I lost the mobility of the right limbs because the blow was on the left side of my head. (He's starting to speak English now!), English is my second favorite language, I love London and English culture!! My violin lessons are in English! (Happy).
Curiously I did not forget music, I remembered the positions of the violin, the notes, the rhythm... everything!! I lost mobility in the hand of the bow and it hurt a lot to hold it, I even got to use 'bluetack' and complained of pain...
My teacher Raffaela, who visited me several times when I was in the rehabilitation center, helped me a lot. During this period I have been taught to recover the hand of the bow and I keep improving now... I have never been very technically skilled with the violin, but I am very sensitive, expressive and impetuous.
So the music helped your recovery ...
I was very excited to see with my mother a television program about music and senile dementia. Of course, microscopes are not capable of taking pictures of neurons, and the only thing we can do is imagine them as solid structures joined by bridges (he makes drawings with his hands).
The memory is stored in those bridges, which are transmitted by electrical signals from one neuron to the next. Music creates roots in those bridges, so the passing of information speeds up and connects neurons faster, which is called 'improving cognitive ability'. So, if you got the rhythm you will improve the rhythm of your brain!
"I believe in the Ying-Yang, I always say joking that one day I will get it tattooed because everything has a bright side, and that would bring the opposite. For example, I squeeze my funny, spontaneous, and warm side in my YouTube channel, which does not mean that I am not also serious and meticulous... "
Occupational therapy, based on improving cognitive ability, attention and stimulation of the skills and sensitivity of the upper limbs through games helped me a lot ... I'm still into it... I'm also very meticulous, I do not like people to misuse words...
So, meticulous...
Yes! I believe in the Ying-Yang, I always say joking that one day I will get it tattooed because everything has a bright side, and that would bring the opposite. For example, I squeeze my funny, spontaneous, and warm side in my YouTube channel, which does not mean that I am not also serious and meticulous...
I always have ideas in my head and my parents tell me 'you must sleep'… but to me if something arises I have to do it... IPSO FACTO! I'm like the Monk detective in the Eitb series, very meticulous: If I see from my bed that the adhesive tape and the stapler are not parallel on the shelf, I get up and place them correctly...
What do you think of the LumaSuite violin case?
I love its design, because I like the minimalism and it catches my eye. I looked at the possibility of putting the scores behind the violin, I had not seen it in other cases.
What's in your head for the future?
I'm on top of my next video, a cover of the song 'Despacito' in Basque... you can not miss it! (Laughter).

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