PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) -- A former homeless college student is realizing his dreams as he prepares to perform at Carnegie Hall.
24-year-old James Matthews, sometimes slept in his instructor's piano studio for shelter while he was a student at Florida Southern College. The professor found Matthews a temporary home and helped him enroll at Chipola College, where Matthews could afford to stay in a dorm.
After earning his associates degree, Matthews transferred to the University of West Florida. An instructor there suggested he submit a video of himself performing a Prokofiev piece for the 2014 American Protege International Piano and Strings Competition.
Reports say he was the honorable mention winner. As a prize, Matthews will play the Weill Recital Hall at the world-renowned New York City concert venue on April 20.
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