Leon Fleisher, at 90, is Leon Fleishermain
The Ravinia Festival paid tribute last night to one of the greatest American pianists on his 90th birthday.
He played – and nothing changed.
His former student Lori Kaufmann writes: ‘ There was more music tonight in his rests than in a two hour recital by any other pianist around today. He still has the best sound in the business, and he has a better understanding of rhythm than any musician.’
In a phone interview with Elijah Ho, Fleisher says: ‘Except for my sight, which is fast diminishing, I’m hale, hearty and ambulatory.’