A San Francisco native, Fleisher became a star of the piano only to discover that he lost movement in two of the fingers of his right hand. Splat. There goes the virtuoso career, right? But Fleisher never gave up. He started to teach, conduct, and even play whatever repertoire he could lay his crippled hand on. Until a miracle of science brought back the full range of motion thirty-some years later, he could resume his career.