Leon Fleisher: how the pianist triumphed over adversity

Michael McManus
Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Although he lost the use of his right hand while only in his thirties, this pianist refused to be thwarted – Michael McManus fondly remembers and pays tribute to an all-American hero

Leon Fleisher (photo: Thierry Martinot/Bridgeman Images)
Leon Fleisher (photo: Thierry Martinot/Bridgeman Images)

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