“One of the most memorable nights of the season… the two pianists played with crystalline clarity and abundant subtlety of expression… especially in the lyrical musings of the slow movement.” — The Baltimore Sun

Duo performances of legendary pianist and conductor Leon Fleisher with internationally renowned pianist Katherine Jacobson have received accolades from music’s most respected critics, with recital and orchestra appearances around the world. Be witness to this very special Cliburn Concerts debut.

As a recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors in 2007, Leon Fleisher was recognized as a “consummate musician whose career is a testament to the life-affirming power of art.” The first American to win the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels in 1952, his prolific career spans over seven decades and includes many chart-topping recordings, including a 23-CD box set from Sony Classical in 2013, and countless appearances at the world’s greatest venues. He also served as conductor for the 1981 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. He is joined in the second half of the program by his wife, internationally acclaimed soloist, duo pianist, and chamber musician Katherine Jacobson.

These concerts replace the previously scheduled performances by pianist Janina Fialkowska, who had to cancel her Fort Worth appearances due to a medical treatment that could not be postponed. Tickets previously sold for her concerts will be honored for the Fleisher-Jacobson Duo concerts on their respective dates.


Leon Fleisher, piano
BACH-PETRI   “Sheep may safely graze” from Hunting Cantata, BWV 208
DEBUSSY   “La puerta del Vino” from Préludes, Book II
DEBUSSY   “Clair de Lune” from Suite bergamasque
CHOPIN   Mazurka in C-sharp Minor, op. 50, no. 3
CHOPIN   Nocturne in D-flat Major, op. 27, no. 2
BACH-BRAHMS   Chaconne for the Left Hand from the Violin Partita No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1004

– intermission –

Katherine Jacobson and Leon Fleisher, piano four hands
SCHUBERT   Fantasy in F Minor for piano four-hands, D. 940