Itzhak Perlman

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)
Instrument = Violin
Genre = Classical
Occupation = Conductor, pedagogue, violinist
Years_active =
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 States to study at the Juilliard School with Ivan Galamian and Dorothy DeLay. He made his debut at Carnegie Hall in 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.

Perlman contracted polio at 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 EMI recording of Puccini's Tosca which featured Renata Scotto, Plácido Domingo, and Renato Bruson, with James Levine conducting. 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 Center series, with Luciano Pavarotti as Cavaradossi, and Zubin Mehta conducting the New York Philharmonic. Perlman is a basso.

In 1987, he joined the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra for their concerts in Warsaw and 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 Moscow and 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 Norman and Yuri Temirkanov at 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 Zukerman on numerous occasions over the years.

As well as playing and recording the classical music for 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 Awards with 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 Orchestra from 2002-2004. In November, 2007, the Westchester Philharmonic announced 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= | publisher=The White House | date=7 May 2007 | accessdate=2007-09-04]

Itzhak Perlman resides in New York City with 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 Program in 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 Zukerman for "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 Honors in 2003

April 1980: Newsweek magazine featured Perlman with a cover story. [cite web|title=Newsweek cover story 1980|url=|accessdate=2008-03-25]

1986: Honored with the "Medal of Liberty" by President Reagan. [cite web|title=Perlman awards|url=|accessdate=2008-03-25]

2000: Awarded the "National Medal of Arts" by President Clinton. [cite web|title=Perlman awards|url=|accessdate=2008-03-25]

Awarded honorary degrees from Harvard, Yale, Brandeis, Roosevelt, Yeshiva and Hebrew universities. [cite web|title=Perlman awards|url=|accessdate=2008-03-25]


External links

* [ Official Myspace's page]
*imdb name|0674221
* [ Itzhak Perlman biography] in the World Concert Artist directory

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