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Leon Fleisher

Concert Pianist

Leon Fleisher is one of the legendary pianists and musicians of our time. He began piano at age 4, gave his first recital at age 8, and commenced studies with Artur Schnabel at 9. At 16, he made his debut with the New York Philharmonic. But at age 37, with a booming career, he was suddenly struck silent when two fingers of his right hand became immobile due to focal dystonia. This curtailed his concert career for nearly forty years. But he never gave up the hope of playing with two hands, and recently, almost miraculously, regained the use of his right hand and has enjoyed an extraordinary renaissance and a vibrant performing career as he approaches his 80th birthday.

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