Leon Fleisher: Pianist, Teacher, Luminary

An exclusive, intimate portrait of the legendary artist still in his element at age 91. In three new releases, join Leon Fleisher as he gives master classes on Beethoven and Brahms, listens to his own iconic recordings, and reflects on his remarkable career.

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"I have spent my life with music, trying to plumb its immeasurable depths & untouchable heights."

Pianist Leon Fleisher thrives in a sustained career as conductor and soloist, recitalist, chamber music artist, and master class mentor. He made his debut with the New York Philharmonic in 1944 and in 1952 became the first American to win the prestigious Queen Elisabeth of Belgium competition, establishing himself as one of the world’s premier classical pianists.

A recipient of numerous honors and awards, he received the honor of Commander in the Order of Arts and Letters by the Minister of Culture of the French government as well as the Kennedy Center Honors in 2007. At age 91, in addition to his teaching at Peabody, Mr. Fleisher continues with an international schedule of master classes, performances, and orchestral guest conducting.

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3 sections   |   36 min 29 secs

Join legendary American pianist Leon Fleisher, as he gives a master class on Beethoven's 'Pathetique' Sonata to tonebase Head of Piano, Benjamin Laude. Focusing on the first movement exposition, Fleisher urges Laude to match his intentions to his physical motions, feeling the keys as extensions of his fingers, and tracking the subdivisions between beats to create an irresistible sense of drama.

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