1/10 Leon Fleisher

Classical pianist and conductor Leon Fleisher joins us, once again, for an hour of music and conversation. Described by his music students as the "Obi-Wan Kenobi of the piano" Fleisher was the first American to win the Queen Elisabeth International Competition in Belgium in 1952. In the mid sixtie's Fleisher's career was interupted by a debilitating ailment which effected his right hand. As a result Fleisher began teaching, conducting and specializing in performing piano pieces for the left hand. In 1995 Leon Fleisher returned to performing two-handed works and last year was one of five recipients of the Kennedy Center Honors celebrating lifetime achievement in the arts.                                                                                                                               -Marcus

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Classical pianist and conductor Leon Fleisher joins us, once again, for an hour of music and conversation. Described by his music students as the “Obi-Wan Kenobi of the piano” Fleisher was the first American to win the Queen Elisabeth International Competition in Belgium in 1952.

In the mid sixtie’s Fleisher’s career was interupted by a debilitating ailment which effected his right hand. As a result Fleisher began teaching, conducting and specializing in performing piano pieces for the left hand. In 1995 Leon Fleisher returned to performing two-handed works and last year was one of five recipients of the Kennedy Center Honors celebrating lifetime achievement in the arts.

                                                                                                                              -Marcus

Written by Marc Steiner

Marc Steiner

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