Leon Fleisher (1928 – 2020)

San Francisco-born pianist Leon Fleischer has died at the age of 92. He first played in England in 1952 but in the 1960s a neurological condition robbed him of the use of his right arm, necessitating his exploration of left hand piano works written for Paul Wittgenstein, by such composers as Ravel, Prokofiev, Britten and Hindemith. He also taught and conducted. Botox injections eventually restored the use of his right arm and he made a triumphant appearance at the Wigmore Hall in 2008.

– Philip L Scowcroft

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