Mr. Fleisher can express his ideas in a way that is very clear and very moving at the same time,” says the 26-year-old concert pianist Jonathan Biss, who studied with Fleisher for four years. “One thing I learned from him is his tremendous respect for the score, which he believes doesn’t have to translate to something dry. The score is a living, breathing thing.
— The Los Angeles Times


As master pianist and conductor, celebrated teacher, and gifted lecturer, legendary artist Leon Fleisher has left an indelible mark in the worldwide music community. Currently on faculty at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore and Glenn Gould School in Toronto, Mr. Fleisher has fostered the talents of many great artists including Yefim Bronfman, Alon Goldstein, Jonathan Biss, Louie Lortie, and André Watts.  A residency with Leon Fleisher may encompass solo or chamber performance, conducting the school orchestra, master classes, moderated talks on topics ranging from a specific composer, his own musical and career experiences to his struggle with focal dystonia, and preventative health approaches. In 2010-2011, Doubleday published Fleisher's widely-acclaimed and fascinating memoir, My Nine Lives written with Washington Post critic Anne Midgette.


Screening of the Oscar-nominated 17-minute documentary by Nathaniel Kahn can be used as a visual program note at performances and recitals/talks, and is often followed by a Q&A with Mr. Fleisher.  It is possible to include Mr. Kahn, who can also conduct workshops with film students.


Mr. Fleisher frequently gives masterclasses to solo pianists, and also offers coachings and masterclasses for chamber music ensembles.


Mr. Fleisher will often present programs involving speaking from the stage.  He is also available to conduct and play with school or community orchestras, with the possibility of having a student as concerto soloist on these programs.


To be coordinated with neuroscience professionals, Mr. Fleisher will meet with students and panels of professionals to discuss focal dystonia.