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He was born in San Francisco, California, where he started studying the piano at age 4. He made his public debut at age 8 and played with the New York Philharmonic under Pierre Monteux at 16. He studied with Artur Schnabel.
He made a memorable series of recordings with George Szell and the Cleveland Orchestra before losing the use of his right hand due to repetitive stress disorder. He continued performing the left-handed repertoire until he briefly regained the use of his right hand. He also undertook conducting during this time. He is particularly well-known for his interpretations of the piano concerti of Brahms.
He has continued to be involved in music, both conducting and teaching at the Peabody Conservatory of Music.
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