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Return of a Virtuoso

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Leon Fleisher

Fleisher plays Mozart in two-hand concerto return

By Mike Collett-White
Reuters

U.S. pianist Leon Fleisher's right hand is one of the most famous in music. In the mid-1960s the superstar of the classical music world lost the ability to play with the hand when two fingers became immobile due to a condition called focal dystonia.

After 30 years of teaching, conducting and playing music composed for the left hand, Fleisher regained the use of his right hand after treatment involving botox injections. The first recording since his rehabilitation came in 2004, and now the 80-year-old has released a recording of Mozart piano concertos including one where he performs with his wife.

Read more about this at the Reuters Canada website:

   ca.reuters.com/article/entertainmentNews/idCATRE52P3CI20090326

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