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Leon Fleisher (b1928)

The son of Russian and Polish immigrants who had settled in San Francisco, Leon Fleisher received his first piano lessons from Lev Shorr. His early years were spent as a prodigy, first playing in public at the age of seven, and with a symphony orchestra two years later. Schnabel heard him at this time and accepted him as a pupil, even though he was ten years old and Schnabel did not like prodigies. The boy went to Italy for this purpose, until World War II caused Schnabel to move to New York. The Fleishers also moved to New York and whilst young Leon was engaged in musical study he had no regular schooling, but studied with a tutor. The ten years spent with Schnabel were of the greatest influence on Fleisher.

At fourteen he made his professional debut with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra and conductor Pierre Monteux, who championed Fleisher for many years. They played Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in A major, and the following year in New York Fleisher played Brahms’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor Op. 15 with Monteux and the New York Philharmonic. Success came very early to Fleisher who, by the age of eighteen, had played recitals at Carnegie Hall and many orchestral performances with the major American symphony orchestras. However, as with many prodigies, Fleisher began to have problems in his later teens, which affected his playing. This was coupled with the fact that Schnabel decided to stop teaching Fleisher, and after ten formative years, this must have been an unwelcome change in his life.




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