After many years of playing music together, Shaun Motiani and Chiahu Lee founded the Fingertips Piano Duo in 2012 as a means to both share their passion and love for music as well as to create opportunities to help those in need through the performing arts. In November 2012, their debut concert marked the first step towards the implementation of this dream: in collaboration with Caritas Luxembourg, they managed to raise a sum of 5150€ for the Foyer St. Antoine, a home for asylum-seekers.
In 2013, during the planning of their second charity concert, they decided to not rely on the help of an established organisation, but to instead attempt to do all the work themselves. This allowed them to have more independence and freedom in pursuing their artistic vision, which involved the design of every detail in the planning of the event. Thanks to this second charity concert, which took place in May 2014, they managed to raise with the funding of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs 10577.01€ for the building of a school dedicated to young, underprivileged girls in Rajasthan, India.
Not working as a music group anymore, but rather as promoters and artistic directors, the Fingertips ASBL has been established officially since November 2014 as a non-profit organization in Luxembourg, allowing them to take their artistic vision to the next level. Read more about their projects here.
In January 2013, Fingertips Duo was awarded the RNCM Duo Prize and was given the opportunity to take part in the RNCM Ludwig Van Festival in March, as well as the John McCabe in February and the RNCM Monday Lunchtime Recital series in March 2014. The duo was also finalist at the RNCM Schubert Prize in July 2014.
In June 2014, the initiative ‘Project Fingertips’ was awarded the John Manduell Prize, a special award by the Principal of the Royal Northern College of Music for exceptional students who display leadership and initiative in music through their work within the community.