I’m off to Germany today for a weekend of piano workshops, so thought it appropriate for my Friday post to feature this master class given by American pianist, conductor and master teacher Leon Fleisher. It was recorded at the Music Academy of the West’s Summer Festival in July this year.
After becoming the first American to win the Queen Elisabeth of Belgium Competition in Brussels in 1952, Leon Fleisher has enjoyed a glittering concert career, despite suffering a debilitating condition of his right hand, later diagnosed as focal dystonia, a neurological condition that causes the fingers to curl into the palm of the hand. He teaches at Peabody Conservatory of Music, the Curtis Institute of Music, and the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, and regularly gives master classes around the world. I hope you enjoy it.
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