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Two Hands: The Leon Fleisher Story (2006)

In 1964, Leon Fleisher's career as a concert pianist was thriving. A seemingly minor accident - a cut on his right thumb - led to dystonia, the involuntary curling of his right hand's ring ... See full summary »

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In 1964, Leon Fleisher's career as a concert pianist was thriving. A seemingly minor accident - a cut on his right thumb - led to dystonia, the involuntary curling of his right hand's ring and little fingers. In recent interviews, Fleisher talks about what followed: the end of a marriage, despair and disappointments, surgery in 1983 that led to a brief return to the concert hall, and, finally, with Botox and Rolfing, the ability to play with two hands. In between, Fleisher discovers his ecstasies: conducting, teaching, and playing compositions for one hand commissioned in the early twentieth century for a World War I veteran. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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A short bio of pianist Leon Fleisher
19 February 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This short bio of classical music pianist Leon Fleisher begins with a 1964 minor accident when he cut his thumb. Recovery was not as he might have expected. His fingers started to curl and piano playing became nearly impossible. He became a teacher and conductor.

In 1982 surgery to relieve carpal tunnel syndrome seem to help. Then in 1991 he was diagnosed with focal distonia. Botox was used to relax the muscles of his hands. Piano playing became possible again. In 2005 he gave several recitals.

Fleisher himself tells the story. We see close up of his hands as he plays. The music is beautiful. It is great seeing a professional back doing what he likes after such a long absence.


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