Leon Fleisher

Legendary Pianist

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In this one of a kind program, Fleisher’s son Julian joins him on stage for a spirited discussion. The Behind the Music style presentation treats audiences to moving stories from the colorful life of an incredible musician interspersed with short, live performances from a living legend.

Leon Fleisher has the additional gifts of communicating ideas and concepts tactilely, viscerally, emotionally, spiritually and verbally. He has conveyed in music all that is precious to him. Generations of musicians—including this one—have been truly blessed to hear him perform and receive his teaching.

- Yo-Yo Ma

About Leon Fleisher

Legendary pianist Leon Fleisher represents the gold standard of musicianship. His musical pedigree alone is remarkable: he was the youngest-ever student of the great Artur Schnabel, who studied with keyboard giant Theodor Leschetizky, a pupil of Carl Czerny, who studied with Ludwig van Beethoven. He continues to impart his life-affirming artistry throughout the world, thriving in a sustained career as conductor and soloist, recitalist, chamber music artist, and master class mentor.

Fleisher has been named a Commander in the French Order of Arts & Letters by the French government, and holds numerous other accolades including the 2007 Kennedy Center Honors for his contribution to U.S. culture.

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  • An Evening with Leon and Julian Fleisher

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