The Italian Almanac

the mysterious piano man

Italian News - May 18

The “Piano Man” found wandering on a beach in Kent may have been identified last night. Italian police contacted UK cops yesterday to reveal that the mystery man has been named as French entertainer Steven Villa Masson.

The information came from a 33-year-old Polish illegal immigrant working as a street performer in Rome. He approached police after seeing a photo of the “Piano Man” in a newspaper. He says he worked with him for two years. His report is being taken seriously, because he put himself at risk of deportation by coming forward.

The man, in his 20s or 30s, is in a secure mental unit after being found in a soaked dinner suit on Kent’s Isle of Sheppey. He has not spoken, but stunned carers with a virtuoso piano performance.