The Art of the Piano Foundation mourns passing of the legendary Leon Fleisher. He was to have joined us for the third consecutive summer this year, but alas, it was not to be.

I first played for Fleisher in 1986, during my first year at Peabody Conservatory for his class “Traditions in Piano Literature.” This was a masterclass course for those that were not his students. I played in those classes several times every year until I became his student in 1990. His deep and philosophical thinking, his deep love and belief in the power of music, his thorough commitment to teaching, (and the current of energy manifest when he was doing it!) were beyond inspiring to legions of students.

His legacy lives in acclaimed recordings of Beethoven and Brahms concertos with George Szell; the story of his determination and strength battling through his life-changing injury; his serious address of the responsibilities of citizenship when he penned his op-ed to The Washington Post on the occasion of his receiving the Kennedy Center Honors in 2007 (he was unsure of whether or not to accept the award under an administration that was waging war and torturing prisoners); and primarily though the lives of those of us whom he directly touched by taking us in as his students.

Thank you and rest easy Leon, you’ve well earned this long sleep, and we’re forever grateful to your spirit,

Awadagin Pratt

Upcoming OnLive!™ events:

Young Artists Concerts

Every Friday evening at 8pm.

June 23 - 25 6pm EST

Garrick Ohlsson

June 28, 4pm EST

Alexander Korsantia

July 5, 4pm EST

Victor Rosenbaum

July 11, 8pm EST

Simone Dinnerstein

July 12, Time TBA | Roundtable:

Enrico Elisi, Boris Slutsky, Marina Lomazov, John Perry, Jim Giles

July 18, 2pm EST

William Nabore

July 19, 4pm EST

Vladimir Feltsman

July 25, 8pm EST

Jeffrey Kahane

July 26, time TBA

Olga Kern

Featured Young Artists

Antonio Ajero

15-year old pianist, Antonio "Nio" Ajero is a scholarship winner from the Texas Commission of the Arts under their Texas Young Masters Program. Nio has attended the Aspen Music Festival & School where he performed on their student spotlight series and studied with...

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Nikita Lukinov

Russian-born Nikita Lukinov started studying in 2005 at Voronezh Central Music School with Svetlana Semenkova, an alumna of Dmitry Bashkirov. Nikita’s first success was a Grand-Prix at the 2010 International Shostakovich Piano Competition for Youth (Moscow). Nikita’s...

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Lewis Warren

Lewis Warren Jr. is an award-winning pianist and an accomplished composer, arranger, and improviser. His special ability to connect with people through music was evident at an early age. He has been featured in many televised and broadcasted performances including...

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Eric Guo

Eric Guo, a 17-year-old Toronto native, started piano at four and is currently studying with full scholarship in his 6th year at The Taylor Academy of The Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, Canada, under Prof. John O’Conor. He has participated in masterclasses...

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Art of the Piano is a festival created to raise the level of artistry for young pianists.  It’s a platform for them to work with the world’s leading artists and teachers, to perfect recital and competition repertoire.  Art of the Piano is a fantastic place to be inspired, learn new ideas, go home a better musician.

~Awadagin Pratt


“You can’t see music as it passes through the air.  You can’t grasp it and hold on to it.  You can’t smell it. You can’t taste it.  But it has a most powerful effect on most people.  And that is a wondrous thing to contemplate.”

- Leon Fleisher

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