Triumphant Pianist

On every Tuesday in the month of November, NPR's Special Correspondent Susan Stamberg examines how people cope with significant loss, and how they find a way to recover. In her first report, she talks with Leon Fleisher, one of America's premiere pianists, who lost the use of his right hand due to a repetitive motion injury. Instead of giving up music, he began teaching, conducting, and even played concerts featuring music written for just the left hand. Fleisher is now 72 years old, and has undergone numerous treatments to regain the use of his hand. His efforts have paid off, and now select audiences can again listen to this great pianist playing two handed works.



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