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Leon Fleisher
Leon Fleisher

Leon Fleisher (born July 23, 1928) is an American pianist and conductor. Leon Fleisher press photo. ... Leon Fleisher press photo. ... July 23 is the 204th day (205th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 161 days remaining. ... 1928 was a leap year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... This article is about the modern musical instrument. ... Conducting is the act of directing a musical performance by way of visible gestures. ...

He was born in San Francisco, California, where he started studying the piano at age 4. He made his public debut at age 8 and played with the New York Philharmonic under Pierre Monteux at 16. He studied with Artur Schnabel. This article is about the city in California. ... The New York Philharmonic is an American orchestra based in New York City. ... Pierre Monteux (April 4, 1875 – July 1, 1964) was an orchestra conductor born in Paris, France. ... Artur Schnabel (April 17, 1882 – August 15, 1951) was a classical pianist, who also composed and taught. ...

He made a memorable series of recordings with George Szell and the Cleveland Orchestra before losing the use of his right hand due to repetitive stress disorder, or, as National Geographic claims, focal dystonia. He continued performing the left-handed repertoire until he quite recently regained the use of his right hand through the injection of botox. He also undertook conducting during this time. He is particularly well-known for his interpretations of the piano concerti of Brahms and Beethoven. George Szell, photographed by Carl Van Vechten, 1954 Gy̦rgy Sz̩ll, better known by his Anglicised name George Szell (June 7, 1897 - July 29, 1970) was a conductor and composer. ... The Cleveland Orchestra is one of the major symphony orchestras in the United States. ... Repetitive strain injury, also called repetitive stress injury or typing injury, is an occupational overuse syndrome affecting muscles, tendons and nerves in the arms and upper back. ... The National Geographic Society was founded in the USA on January 27, 1888, by 33 men interested in organizing a society for the increase and diffusion of geographical knowledge. ... Focal dystonia is a hand condition in which the fingers either curl into the palm or extend outward without control. ... Botulin toxin or botox is the toxic compound produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. ... A piano concerto is a concerto for solo piano and orchestra. ... Johannes Brahms Johannes Brahms (May 7, 1833 РApril 3, 1897) was a German composer of classical music. ... Ludwig van Beethoven Ludwig van Beethoven (baptized December 17, 1770 РMarch 26, 1827) was a German composer of Classical music, the predominant musical figure in the transitional period between the Classical and Romantic eras. ...

He has continued to be involved in music, both conducting and teaching at the Peabody Conservatory of Music. Located in Baltimore, Maryland, the Peabody Conservatory of Music (or just The Peabody) is one of the most prestigious musical institutions in the world, and also the first conservatory in America. ...

External link

  • International Creative Management
  • http://www.americancomposers.org/bios20010318.htm

  Results from FactBites:
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Maestro Leon Fleischer of San Francisco was able to play piano only with his left hand for more than 30 years as a result of focal dystonia affecting his right hand.
After a testimonial by Fleischer, Dr. Zoltan Mari of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, presented long-term results with Botox for focal dystonia in 164 patients, including many musicians.
Fleischer said that since 1991 he has received injections every 6 to 8 months.
Dystonia (590 words)
I was happy," says Leon Fleischer of a time before his life as a concert pianist suddenly became oddly focused -- literally and figuratively.
After years of electrifying his audiences, Fleischer, at 36, one day noticed a slight curling of the fourth and fifth fingers on his right hand.
Last November, the joy at Fleischer's two-handed comeback concert -- after 30 years -- was palpable.
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