Leon Fleisher can finally perform with both hands again


For nearly 40 years, Leon Fleisher has been unable to play piano with his right hand due to focal dystonia, a neurological disorder. Then about two years ago he found a successful treatment and began performing again with both hands.

The 77-year-old pianist does not play with the marksmanship or tonal consistency documented in the string of great recordings he made four decades ago. But, as he showed Wednesday night at the University of Richmond, Fleisher compensates for age and long disability by making every note and gesture count.

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