LEON FLEISHER, piano

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Fleisher turned in an absolutely spellbinding performance that built steadily, with a kind of distilled, august power, to a breathtaking climax…his musicianship — is nothing short of Olympian.
— The Washington Post

Legendary pianist Leon Fleisher represents the gold standard of musicianship, and 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.

His brilliant new Grammy-nominated recording, "All the Things You Are" reached # 1 on the classical charts and earned raves from critics around the world including The New Yorker's Alex Ross who wrote, "a musician of magisterial powers; this CD, containing music of Bach, Perle, Federico Mompou, Leon Kirchner, Dina Koston, George Gershwin, and Jerome Kern, is one of his finest hours on record."   Fleisher has a remarkable way of making Gershwin and Kern sound just as deep and compelling as the great Bach Chaconne on this marvelous disc, released in July 2014 on Bridge Records.

An inspiring conductor, Mr. Fleisher closed the Marlboro Music Festival 2014 season leading performances of Bartok’s Divertimento for Strings and Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy featuring Mitsuko Uchida as soloist.  It was a performance of the latter work at Marlboro in 2012 that led to an engagement conducting the Cleveland Orchestra in December 2013.  This performance brought Fleisher back to the orchestra with which he made so many historic recordings with George Szell, recordings that remain the benchmark for much of that repertoire.  Other recent conducting engagements include appearances with the Bamberg Symphony, Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, the Orquestra Filarmônica de Minas Gerais in Brazil and orchestras in China and Japan. 

For musicians around the world - from his acclaimed Carnegie Hall workshops to master classes last summer at the Schleswig Holstein and Menuhin Festivals,  to residencies at music schools and conservatories across the country - the lessons learned and insights gained from a Fleisher visit are to be treasured for a lifetime.
 

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