Amato, Derek

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Amato, Derek Gender: M
Derek Shannon Amato
born on 19 November 1966 at 08:40 (= 08:40 AM )
Place La Mirada, California, 33n55, 118w01
Timezone PST h8w (is standard time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Viktor
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_scocol.18.gif 26°54' s_mo.18.gif s_aqucol.18.gif 23°23 Asc.s_sagcol.18.gif 23°57'

Derek Amato
photo: UPROXX, license cc-by-3.0


American composer and pianist who sustained a head injury on 27 October 2006, and subsequently became a musical savant. He is the only known musical savant to have developed savant syndrome through a brain injury.

At the age of 39, Amato dove into a shallow swimming pool and hit his head, resulting in major concussion and 35% hearing loss. Although he had played the guitar prior to his injury, the level of his musical ability suddenly progressed to the point where he was able to compose for piano. He has been diagnosed as experiencing a form of synesthesia.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • Health : Accident (Non-fatal) 27 October 2006 (Dove into swimming pool)
    chart Placidus Equal_H.

Source Notes

Birth certificate in hand from Viktor E.


  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Composer/ Arranger
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Instrumentalist (Pianist)