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He is Charleston’s own piano prodigy – taking his talents all over the east coast – and he’s not even a teenager yet.

Caleb Borick returned home yesterday with a first place title from the Philadelphia International Music Festival.

“They said, ‘Grand prize winner, Caleb Borick,’ and I was like, ‘what?’”

While playing the piano can be competitive for Caleb, it’s also therapeutic. He was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, a disorder on the autism spectrum, when he was younger. But through mental disability came the extraordinary ability to play and compose music as well as professional pianists.

His music helps express his feelings when words can’t. His mom, Susan Borick, says the best part about his gift is not just how far it will take him, but how it moves others so much. Caleb plays at hospices and nursing homes at least once a week, and his mother sees how his songs bring comfort and healing to those who need it most.

“By the end of Caleb’s playing, the patient will be sitting there, just awake as can be, happy. And he’s had people say to him that they now feel comfortable dying because they have seen him play,” Susan Borick said.

Caleb has aspirations of becoming a professional pianist and composer with the full support of his family.

“Well, they haven’t really pushed me. It’s more like encourage me and tell me when to practice.”

When Caleb is invited to play at concerts, he doesn’t hold back. His dad, Carl Borick, knows he gives it his all.

“He’s like a professional athlete, because he will definitely up his game when it comes to performance time. And he really will just blow people away when you think he’s not ready.”

Right now he’s two for two – winning both competitions he’s played in so far.

After winning in Philadelphia, Caleb is invited to play a concert in Ocean City, New Jersey, next summer.

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