Chopin with a Twist

Charles Sanky is more than a medical student—he is a musician. He began his musical start at four years old, playing the piano. Since then, he has furthered his interest in music and has learned multiple instruments including the violin, trumpet, and even the euphonium—which he played during the four years he was a member of Columbia University’s Wind Ensemble—among others. 

Charles sees music as an integral part of medicine, and is determined to maintain his dual identities throughout his medical career.  “Music and medicine is interconnected,” Charles says. “It’s really a universal language and it will help me become a better physician because it will serve as a reminder of the need to be sensitive to different styles and voices, and to be an intentional listener.”

Watch Charles’ musical skill in action as he presents a classical piece—with a twist.



Charles Sanky is a first-year medical student at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS) and is a native New Yorker from Valley Stream. Before graduating with a degree in psychology and business management from Columbia University, Charles took a non-traditional approach to medical school through ISMMS’ FlexMed Program. He is interested in learning how performance and music can empower patients and providers. He hopes to practice as a physician and contribute to public health policy.


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