CREDIT: YouTube/Sławomir Zubrzycki

The viola organista, Leonardo Da Vinci's unique piano-like invention, has finally come to life after approximately 500 years since its design conception, thanks to Polish concert pianist Slawomir Zubrzycki who made the musical instrument using Da Vinci's plans.

Aside from being a concert pianist, Zubrzycki also dabbles in making instruments and was obviously inspired and challenged to finish Da Vinci's dream. Zubrzycki made the viola organista musical instrument himself from 2009 to 2012.

Da Vinci's design is a combination of three musical instruments, namely the organ, the harpsichord and the viola de gamba, which is a bowed string instrument that is a slightly bigger version of a violin. Click HERE and HERE to see Da Vinci's sketches of it.

Zubrzycki opted to paint the viola organista's exterior with a gorgeous midnight blue shade. He also added whimsical golden swirls that were painted on the sides of the instrument. As you can see from the video, the interior is painted in a deep raspberry shade. If you look closely, you will see that the inside of the lid contains a gold leaf inscription of a Latin quote by Saint Hildegard, a German nun, mystic and philosopher.

According to The Sydney Morning Herald, Saint Hildegard's quote on the lid of the viola organista is about arts, instruments, scholars and prophets.

''Holy prophets and scholars immersed in the sea of arts both human and divine, dreamt up a multitude of instruments to delight the soul,'' the quote says in the report from The Sydney Morning Herald.

Zubrzycki already unveiled the viola organista at the Academy of Music in Krakow, Poland. Check out the video above to see the very first performance of the viola organista. It was performed at the International Royal Cracow Piano Festival on Oct. 18, 2013 which was held at the Aula Florianka or the Florianka Hall.

''I have no idea what Leonardo da Vinci might think of the instrument I've made, but I'd hope he'd be pleased,'' said Zubrzycki in The Sydney Morning Herald report.

Fellow pianists Gabor Farkas of Hungary and Marian Sobula of Poland both loved what they heard.

"It's a keyboard instrument but it sounds like someone is playing it with a bow like a violin or a cello - a very warm sound, very velvety, very beautiful," said Farkas in a report by the Daily Mail.

Gabor Farkas is a Hungarian concert pianist and a Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music teacher in Budapest.

"I've fallen in love with this sound. All pianists and string players yearn for it, for these long, never-ending notes which you can't play on the piano. It just gives you goose bumps," Sobula, a Polish concert pianist, said in the Daily Mail report.

You can also check out the video below featuring Zubrzycki performing at a recital as part of the Conradfestival in Kraków on Oct. 21, 2013.

CREDIT: YouTube/Sławomir Zubrzycki

To play the viola organista, a pedal below the keyboard that is connected to a crankshaft must be pumped as you press the keys on the instrument, much like playing the organ.

Even if Leonardo Da Vinci has passed away several years ago, his genius and legacy will still continue. Now, he will not only be remembered for painting the Mona Lisa, but also for his piano-like invention, the viola organista which plays such beautiful music. Thanks to Polish concert pianist Slawomir Zubrzycki, Da Vinci's dream of making such an instrument became a reality.