- Itzhak Perlman
Infobox musical artist
Name = Itzhak Perlman
Background = non_vocal_instrumentalist
Born = birth date and age|1945|08|31
Tel Aviv, British Mandate of Palestine(now in Israel)
Genre = Classical
Occupation = Conductor,
Associated_acts = St. Louis Symphony,
New York Philharmonic, etc.
Notable_instruments = Violin
"General Kyd Stradivarius" 1714
Soil Stradivarius" 1714
"Sauret Guarnerius del Gesu" 1743
"ex-Kreisler Bergonzi" 1740
Itzhak Perlman (born
August 31, 1945) is an Israeli-American violin virtuoso, conductor, and pedagogue.
Perlman was born in
Tel Aviv, British Mandate of Palestine, now Israel, where he first became interested in the violin when he heard a classical music performance on the radio. He studied at the Academy of Music in Tel Aviv before moving to the United Statesto study at the Juilliard Schoolwith Ivan Galamianand Dorothy DeLay. He made his debut at Carnegie Hallin 1963 and won the prestigious Leventritt Competition in 1964. Soon afterward he began to tour extensively. In addition to an extensive recording career, he has made occasional guest appearances on American television, starting in the 1970s on shows such as " The Tonight Show" and " Sesame Street", as well as playing at a number of functions at the White House.
polioat the age of four. He made a good recovery, learning to walk with the use of crutches. Today, he generally uses crutches for mobility and plays the violin while seated.
Although he has never been billed or marketed as a singer, he sang the role of "Un carceriere" ("a jailer") on a 1981
EMIrecording of Puccini's Toscawhich featured Renata Scotto, Plácido Domingo, and Renato Bruson, with James Levineconducting. He had earlier sung the role in an excerpt from the opera on a 1980 Pension Fund Benefit Concert telecast as part of the Live from Lincoln Centerseries, with Luciano Pavarottias Cavaradossi, and Zubin Mehtaconducting the New York Philharmonic. Perlman is a basso.
In 1987, he joined the
Israel Philharmonic Orchestrafor their concerts in Warsawand Budapest, as well as other Eastern bloc countries. He toured with the IPO in the spring of 1990 for their first-ever performance in the USSR, with concerts in Moscowand Leningrad, and toured with the IPO again in 1994, performing in China and India.
While primarily a solo artist, Perlman has performed with a number of other notable musicians, including with
Yo-Yo Ma, Jessye Normanand Yuri Temirkanovat the 150th anniversary celebration of Tchaikovsky in Leningrad in December 1990. He has also performed (and recorded) with good friend and fellow Israeli violinist Pinchas Zukermanon numerous occasions over the years.
As well as playing and recording the
classical musicfor which he is best known, Perlman has also played jazz, including an album made with jazz pianist Oscar Peterson, and klezmer. Perlman has been a soloist for a number of movie scores, notably the score of the 1993 film" Schindler's List" by John Williams, which subsequently won an Academy Award for best score. More recently, he was the violin soloist for the 2005 film"Memoirs of a Geisha", along with cellist Yo-Yo Ma. Perlman played selections from the musical scores of the movies nominated for "Best Original Score" at the 73rd Academy Awardswith Yo-Yo Ma, and at the 78th Academy Awards.
Perlman plays on the antique "
Soil Stradivarius" violin of 1714, considered to be one of the finest violins made during Stradivari's "golden period", as well as the "Sauret" Guarneri del Gesu of c.1743.
In recent years, Perlman has also begun to conduct, taking the post of principal guest conductor at the
Detroit Symphony Orchestra. He served as music advisor of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestrafrom 2002-2004. In November, 2007, the Westchester Philharmonicannounced the appointment of Perlman as Artistic Director and Principal Conductor, with his debut performance leading the orchestra to take place in October, 2008.
Perlman also teaches, and in 1975 took a faculty post at the Conservatory of Music at
Brooklyn College. In 2003, Mr. Perlman was named the holder of the Dorothy Richard Starling Foundation Chair in Violin Studies at the Juilliard School, succeeding his teacher, Dorothy DeLay.
Perlman played during the entertainment at the state dinner attended by Queen Elizabeth II on May 7, 2007, in the East Room at the
White House. [cite press release | title=News releases for May 2007 | url=http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2007/05/images/20070507_p050707sc-1032-1-515h.html | publisher=The White House | date=7 May 2007 | accessdate=2007-09-04]
Itzhak Perlman resides in
New York Citywith his wife, Toby, also a classically trained violinist. They have five children, Noah, Navah, Leora, Rami (of the rock band, Something for Rockets) and Ariella. In 1995, the Perlmans founded the Perlman Music Programin Shelter Island, New York, offering gifted young string players a summer residential course in chamber music.
Honors and awards
Leventritt Competition - Winner (1964)
Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music Performance:
Daniel Barenboim& Itzhak Perlman for "Brahms: The Three Violin Sonatas" (1991)
Vladimir Ashkenazy, Lynn Harrell& Itzhak Perlman for "Beethoven: The Complete Piano Trios" (1988)
*Vladimir Ashkenazy, Lynn Harrell & Itzhak Perlman for "Tchaikovsky: Piano Trio in A Minor" (1982)
*Itzhak Perlman &
Pinchas Zukermanfor "Music for Two Violins (Moszkowski: Suite For Two Violins/Shostakovich: Duets/Prokofiev: Sonata for Two Violins)" (1981)
*Itzhak Perlman & Vladimir Ashkenazy for "Beethoven: Sonatas for Violin and Piano" (1979)
Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Soloist(s) Performance (with orchestra) Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Soloist Performance (without orchestra) Grammy Award for Best Classical Album Grammy Award for Best Engineered Album, Classical Kennedy Center Honorsin 2003
Newsweek magazinefeatured Perlman with a cover story. [cite web|title=Newsweek cover story 1980|url=http://www.sonyclassical.com/artists/perlman/bio.html|accessdate=2008-03-25]
1986: Honored with the "Medal of Liberty" by President Reagan. [cite web|title=Perlman awards|url=http://www.sonyclassical.com/artists/perlman/bio.html|accessdate=2008-03-25]
2000: Awarded the "National Medal of Arts" by President Clinton. [cite web|title=Perlman awards|url=http://www.sonyclassical.com/artists/perlman/bio.html|accessdate=2008-03-25]
Awarded honorary degrees from Harvard, Yale, Brandeis, Roosevelt, Yeshiva and Hebrew universities. [cite web|title=Perlman awards|url=http://www.sonyclassical.com/artists/perlman/bio.html|accessdate=2008-03-25]
* [http://www.myspace.com/perlmanitzhak Official Myspace's page]
* [http://www.concertartist.info/biog/PER001.html Itzhak Perlman biography] in the
World Concert Artist directory
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