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Anne Midgette

Washington Post Chief Music Critic Anne Midgette co-authored the new biography of pianist Leon Fleisher. Published by Doubleday, My Nine Lives takes the reader along Fleisher's exceptional journey from child prodigy to rising star to the catastrophe of a pianist's career-ending malady called focal dystonia. Fleisher's odyssey back to the concert stage via careers as teacher, conductor, and finally left-hand soloist is documented with humor, wit, and humanity. His return to performing two hands is the ultimate triumph of a life derailed, then rediscovered through music. Classical WETA's Deb Lamberton talks with co-author Anne Midgette about what she learned writing the book.