For the Left Hand



Preview: Special | 30s

Premiered October 25, 2021

Norman Malone launches a concert career 70 years after becoming paralyzed on one side.

At age 10, aspiring pianist Norman Malone is paralyzed on his right side after being attacked by his father. Over the next several decades he masters the left-hand repertoire in secret, before a chance discovery of his talent leads him towards making his concert debut. Aged 78, he will perform the greatest work in the canon: Ravel’s Piano Concerto for the Left Hand.

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When he was five years old, Norman Malone – who lived in a housing project on the South Side of Chicago – discovered the piano and emerged a prodigious musician. Tragically, when Norman was 10, his father attacked him and his two younger brothers with a hammer to the head. Norman’s father then killed himself. The boys survived the attack, but each was left partially paralyzed on the right side of the body.

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