You wouldn’t imagine that taking piano lessons as a youngster would lead you to one day collaborate with Metallica, become world chess champion or open the Olympics. All these things are possible, as proven by some outstanding Canadian and international pianists this year.

Click "open gallery" above and meet these 20 pianists to keep an eye on in 2014, who prove that playing piano is the key to opening all sorts of doors.

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posted by Michael Morreale on Jan 13, 2014