Itzhak Perlman

English: Kirk Douglas and Zubin Mehta at a cer...

English: Kirk Douglas and Zubin Mehta at a ceremony for Mehta to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Itzhak Perlman (hebräisch ‏יצחק פרלמן‎; * 31. August 1945 in Jaffa) ist ein israelischer Geiger. Er gilt als einer der bedeutenden Geiger der zweiten Hälfte des 20. Jahrhunderts.

Neben seinen Erfolgen als Solokünstler hat er auch eine beachtliche Karriere als Geigenlehrer vorzuweisen, er gibt Privatstunden und hält weltweit Meisterkurse für Violine und Kammermusik. Zur Zeit lehrt er am Dorothy Richard Starling Chair of Violin Studies an der renommierten Juilliard School (New York), eine Position, die vor ihm seine Lehrerin Dorothy DeLay innehatte.

Mit vier Jahren erkrankte er an Poliomyelitis. Er konnte geheilt werden, ist jedoch in Folge der Krankheit auf Krücken angewiesen und spielt deswegen im Sitzen. Seine musikalische Ausbildung begann er an der Academy of Music in Jaffa. Später zog er in die USA, um an der Juilliard School bei Ivan Galamian und Dorothy DeLay zu studieren. Sein Debüt in der Carnegie Hall gab er 1963.

Musical Interlude - Itzhak Perlman on Violin

Musical Interlude – Itzhak Perlman on Violin (Photo credit: bo mackison)

Neben langen Konzerttourneen trat er auch immer wieder in Fernsehsendungen auf. Bekannt wurden seine gemeinsamen Auftritte mit dem Geiger Pinchas Zukerman. Größere Bekanntheit außerhalb der Klassikwelt erlangte er durch die von John Williams komponierte und mit einem Oscar ausgezeichnete Filmmusik zu Schindlers Liste, die als Hauptthema ein ihm gewidmetes und von ihm gespieltes Violinsolo enthält. Später war er nochmals in einem John-Williams-Soundtrack zum Film Die Geisha zu hören.

Perlman spielt die Soil Stradivarius von 1714, die zuvor im Besitz von Yehudi Menuhin war.
1996: Goldene Rose von Montreux für In the Fiddler’s House



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Geboren 1945

Itzhak Perlman (Hebrew: יצחק פרלמן‎; born August 31, 1945) is an Israeli-born violinist, conductor, and instructor of master classes. He is regarded as one of the preeminent violinists of the 20th and early-21st centuries.

Perlman was born in Tel Aviv, British Mandate for Palestine. His parents, Chaim and Shoshana Perlman, were natives of Poland and had independently immigrated to Palestine in the mid-1930s before they met and got married. Perlman first became interested in the violin after hearing a classical music performance on the radio. At the age of three, he was denied entrance to the Shulamit Conservatory for being too small to hold a violin.[1] He instead taught himself how to play the instrument using a toy fiddle until he was old enough to study with Rivka Goldgart at the Shulamit Conservatory and at the Academy of Music in Tel Aviv, where he gave his first recital at age 10,[2] before moving to the United States to study at the Juilliard School with the violin pedagogue, Ivan Galamian, and his assistant Dorothy Delay.[3]

Zubin Mehta

Zubin Mehta (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Perlman contracted polio at the age of four. He made a good recovery, learning to walk with crutches. Today, he uses crutches or an electric Amigo scooter for mobility and plays the violin while seated.

Ed Sullivan congratulates Itzhak Perlman after a concert (1958)

Perlman was introduced to the wider American public when he appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show twice in 1958.[4] He made his debut at Carnegie Hall in 1963 and won the Leventritt Competition in 1964. Soon afterward he began to tour widely. In addition to an extensive recording and performance career, he has continued to make guest appearances on American television shows such as The Tonight Show and Sesame Street, as well as playing at a number of functions at the White House.[citation needed]

DAVOS/SWITZERLAND, 25JAN08 - Yo-Yo Ma, Cellist...

DAVOS/SWITZERLAND, 25JAN08 – Yo-Yo Ma, Cellist, USA plays the cello during the ‚Presentation of the Crystal Award‘ at the Annual Meeting 2008 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, January 25, 2008. Copyright World Economic Forum ( by Andy Mettler (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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.

On July 5, 1986, he performed on the New York Philharmonic’s tribute to the 100th anniversary of the Statue of Liberty, which was televised live on ABC Television.[5] The orchestra, conducted by Zubin Mehta, performed in Central Park.

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 Soviet Union, 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 Yo-Yo Ma, Jessye Norman, Isaac Stern, 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.

English: Milton Babbitt in Juilliard School of...

English: Milton Babbitt in Juilliard School of Music, 1999 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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.
Notable performances

Perlman played at the state dinner attended by Queen Elizabeth II on May 7, 2007, in the East Room at the White House.[6]

English: President George W. Bush and Mrs. Lau...

English: President George W. Bush and Mrs. Laura Bush stand with the Kennedy Center honorees in the Blue Room of the White House during a reception Sunday, December 3, 2006. From left, they are: singer and songwriter William „Smokey“ Robinson; musical theater composer Andrew Lloyd Webber; country singer Dolly Parton; film director Steven Spielberg; and conductor Zubin Mehta. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

He performed John Williams‘ „Air and Simple Gifts“ at the 2009 inauguration ceremony for Barack Obama, along with Yo-Yo Ma (cello), Gabriela Montero (piano) and Anthony McGill (clarinet). The quartet played along with a recording they had made two days earlier, as stringed instruments cannot reliably stay tuned in subfreezing temperatures. Additionally, he has twice performed as a Pennington Great Performers series artist with the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra in 2003 and 2007.

Perlman plays using the antique Soil Stradivarius violin of 1714, formerly owned by Yehudi Menuhin and considered to be one of the finest violins made during Stradivari’s „golden period“. Perlman also plays the Sauret Guarneri del Gesu of c.1743.

English: Hahn-Bin at Carnegie Hall in March 2011.

English: Hahn-Bin at Carnegie Hall in March 2011. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In recent years, Perlman has 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. His first concert in these roles was on October 11, 2008, in an all-Beethoven program featuring pianist Leon Fleisher performing the Emperor Concerto.

In 1975 Perlman accepted 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. He also currently instructs pupils on a one-on-one basis at the Perlman Music Program on Long Island, NY, rarely holding master classes. He also taught at a community center in Be’er Sheba, Israel,[7]

The Perlman music program, founded in 1995 by Toby Perlman and Suki Sandler, started as a summer camp for exceptional string musicians between the ages of 11 and 18. Over time, it expanded to be offered year-long. The program allows the students the chance to be coached by Itzhak Perlman himself before playing at venues such as the Sutton Place Synagogue

English: The Juilliard School and Alice Tully ...

English: The Juilliard School and Alice Tully Hall at the corner of 65th Street and Broadway. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

and public schools. By introducing students to each other and requiring practice sessions together, musicians who would otherwise be practicing alone develop a network of friends and colleagues in the profession. Rather than remain isolated, participants in the program find an area where they belong.
Personal life

Perlman resides in New York City with his wife, Toby, also a classically trained violinist. They have five children: Noah, Navah, Leora, Rami and Ariella. Perlman is a distant cousin to Canadian comic/TV personality Howie Mandel.
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
Kennedy Center Honors in 2003
April 1980: Newsweek magazine featured Mr.Perlman with a cover story.[11]
1986: Honored with the „Medal of Liberty“ by President Reagan.[12]
2000: Awarded the „National Medal of Arts“ by President Clinton.[12]
Awarded honorary degrees from Harvard, Yale, Brandeis, Roosevelt, the Cleveland Institute of Music, Yeshiva and Hebrew Universities.[12]

In 2005, he was voted the 135th-greatest Israeli of all time, in a poll by the Israeli news website Ynet to determine whom the general public considered the 200 Greatest Israelis.


Giora Schmidt

Giora Schmidt (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

^ „Israeli Violin Prodigy Admits He Likes Jazz“. Retrieved october 1, 2011.
^ „Perlman, Itzhak“. Oxford Music Online. Retrieved October 1, 2011.
^ „Perlman, Itzhak Biography: Contemporary Musicians“. Retrieved July 1, 2011.
^ Duration: 60 min. „Watch The Ed Sullivan Show Season 12 Episode 8 Itzhak Perlman / Carol Lawrence & Larry Kert / Film: Ed Sullivan Visits Jerusalem“. Retrieved July 1, 2011.
^ „Liberty Receives Classical Salute, Sun Sentinel, July 5, 1986“.
^ „News releases for May 2007“ (Press release). The White House. May 7, 2007. Retrieved September 4, 2007.
^ „Perlman, Itzhak“. Oxford Music Online. Retrieved October 1, 2011.
^ „Perlman, Itzhak Biography: Contemporary Musicians“. Retrieved July 1, 2011.
^ Duration: 60 min. „Watch The Ed Sullivan Show Season 12 Episode 8 Itzhak Perlman / Carol Lawrence & Larry Kert / Film: Ed Sullivan Visits Jerusalem“. Retrieved July 1, 2011.
^ „Liberty Receives Classical Salute, Sun Sentinel, July 5, 1986“.
^ „News releases for May 2007“ (Press release). The White House. May 7, 2007. Retrieved September 4, 2007.
^ Itzhak Perlman interview on The Charlie Rose Show, (Video) AUgust 9, 2010
^ „The Perlman Music Program: Toby’s Project Grows and Grows“. Strings. Retrieved October 1, 2011.
^ „Perlmans‘ Proteges: The Perlman Music Program“. Strings. Retrieved October 1, 2011.
^ „Perlman Student Stirling Trent“. Strings. Retrieved October 1, 2011.
^ „Newsweek cover story 1980“. Retrieved March 25, 2008.
^ a b c „Perlman awards“. Retrieved March 25, 2008.
^ גיא בניוביץ‘ (June 20, 1995). „הישראלי מספר 1: יצחק רבין – תרבות ובידור“. Ynet. Retrieved July 10, 2011. Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Itzhak Perlman

External links
IMG Artists Biography
Official Myspace page
Itzhak Perlman at Allmusic
Itzhak Perlman at the Internet Movie Database
Itzhak Perlman biography in the World Concert Artist directory
Itzhak Perlman interview on The Charlie Rose Show, (Video) 8-9-2010
Itzhak Perlman & John Williams interview on The Charlie Rose Show, (Video) 8-8-1997[show]
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