This season, the TSO visits the OSM, accompanied by the great master Leon Fleisher in Mozart’s Piano Concerto. The Orchestra will also present Buckner’s monumental Symphony no. 8, often regarded as the “crowning achievement of the romantic symphony.”

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. At the height of his success, he was suddenly struck at age 36 with a neurological affliction later identified as focal dystonia, rendering two fingers on his right hand immobile. Rather than end his career, Mr. Fleisher began focusing on repertoire for the left hand only, conducting, and teaching. In the mid-90’s he able to return to playing with both hands after experimental treatments using a regimen of Rolfing and ‘botulinum toxin’ injections. 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 and is the subject of the 2006 Oscar and Emmy-nominated documentary film Two Hands. In 2013, Sony Classical issued a 23-CD box set of his entire recorded output, and in 2014, Mr. Fleisher released his first solo CD in a decade, the Grammy nominated “All The Things You Are.”

“Fleisher possesses an amazing ability to bring magnificent works brilliantly to life” – Masslive Entertainment

“His pianistic understanding of the music shines through with every swing of his hands.” – ECM Reviews

Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Peter Oundjian, conductor
Leon Fleisher, piano

Mozart, Piano Concerto no. 12 in A major, K. 414 ( 26 min.)

Bruckner, Symphony no. 8 in C minor (75 min.)

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