Hospital workers led him to a piano in the hospital chapel, where he seemed to play flawlessly. He has been playing ever since -- bits of Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake," and long sad compositions apparently of his own making -- for up to four hours at a time. He protests when he is forced to stop.
Newspapers call him the "Piano Man," and nearly six weeks after he was found, the nation wonders: Who is this shy virtuoso?
Is he British or a foreigner? Did he fall off a ship? Or did he try to drown himself? Is he an amnesiac? Or is he suffering mental trauma?
Over the weekend, authorities made a public appeal to try to identify him. A haunting photograph of the hospitalized man, who appears to be in his 20s or 30s and is clutching a plastic folder containing sheet music, appeared in national newspapers Monday. TV news was filled with pleas for any information.