Few can understand the tribulations of undergoing multiple open-heart surgeries, overcoming a battle with mental health issues or becoming an outstanding musician and recording artist. And few can say they have faced all at the same time. But local violinist David Binanay can.
“An angel,” “pure joy” and “a difference maker” are a few phrases friend and previous teacher Anthony Yarborough used to describe Binanay and his work. Yarborough said Binanay has the uncanny ability to move the people around him and bring joy to many through his craft, despite the difficulties he has encountered throughout life.
Binanay, known as David Scott by his clients and fans, has played the violin since he was 4 years old, after being captivated by the instrument at a school talent show. He was a young prodigy, studying under the Concert Master at the North Carolina Symphony when he was a child.
Binanay has reached accomplishments such as recording albums, learning to play music phonetically at age 5 and starting a Carolina-based music act called Violin Remix. But in his 20s, David experienced open-heart surgeries that changed his life forever.
The trauma of the surgeries caused him to face mental health challenges including psychosis and schizophrenia, which altered his ability to work and make music. Binanay eventually made a turnaround and began his return to music.
Despite the ongoing struggles, Binanay has never lost his passion for music.
“Music has always been my catalyst for recovery for every heart surgery, for every mental health challenge,” Binanay said. “Music has really been kind of like the motor driving, healing me.”
Binanay used his unusual experiences and strong faith to drive his love for giving back to the community. In addition to providing the Chapel Hill community with music, Binanay gives back with his work as a humanitarian and mental health advocate.
“I’m a better person because of being affiliated with David Binanay and his concept of spreading joy, of spreading love, of spreading music,” Yarborough said.