In the 1950s and early ’60s Leon Fleisher was at the top of his field, making a spectacular Carnegie Hall debut at the age of 14. But at the age of 36 he injured his right hand, and for the next 30 years played only works for the left hand. His agonizing quest to return to the standard repertoire became legendary and the subject of a 2007 Oscar nominated documentary called Two Hands.

In 2001, State of the Arts spoke to the pianist and filmed his performance of Ravel’s Concerto for the Left Hand with the Westfield Symphony (now known as the New Jersey Festival Orchestra), conducted by David Wroe.