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Autism Case 2

Name: Savage, Matthew


Background Info:


Matthew "Matt" Savage (Male, born May 12, 1992) is an American autistic savant musician.


Savage was a precocious infant who walked early and learned to read by the age of 18 months. He was diagnosed with pervasive developmental disorder, a form of autism, at age three. He did not like any noises or music during his early childhood.


At age six, Savage taught himself to read piano music. He studied classical piano for less than a year before discovering jazz, which became his main focus.


He and his younger sister, Kitty, were both home schooled.


Among Savage's talents are “hyperlexia” and “perfect pitch”. Coupled with his extremely high intelligence, these abilities have allowed him to achieve other distinctions as well, such as winning a statewide “geography bee”.


Despite his young age and his autism, and even without formal instruction in musical composition, Savage is an accomplished musician and composer. He has released twelve albums as a solo performer, as leader of the Matt Savage Trio and as leader of various sized ensembles. By the age of 14, he had also performed with Chaka Khan and other popular singers. 


Savage has received many awards, including being signed in 2003 to Bösendorfer pianos. He is the only child to be so recognized in the company's 188-year history.


Savage has toured the world, performing for” heads of state” and others, and appearing on numerous television and radio programs such as “Late Show with David Letterman”, “Late Night with Conan O'Brien”, “The Today Show”, and “All Things Considered”. In 2006, at age 14, he was featured on a CNN report about the human brain, in which he was defined as a prodigious savant, as opposed to the other types of savants. Savage has also appeared in several documentaries about savants.


Currently, Matt balances his professional music career with teaching.


ZWDS Chart:























Chart Analysis --- the signs of Autism:

  1. Lai-Yin Palace (Life Health-Palace) Life Hua-Ji with Self Hua-Ji which became Ji-Out;

  2. Life Happiness-Palace Ke to Opposite;

  3. First Decade Happiness-Palace Ke to Opposite.

  4. Life Self-Palace with Life Hua-Ke and Quan-Ji to Opposite.

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