Undeniably the reigning virtuoso of the violin, ITZHAK PERLMAN enjoys superstar status rarely afforded a classical musician. Beloved for his charm and humanity as well as his talent, he is treasured by audiences throughout the world who respond not only to his remarkable artistry, but also to his irrepressible joy for making music.
For the first time in many years, Itzhak Perlman tours this season with pianist and longtime friend Emanuel Ax in special duo recitals across America. In December 2015, he performed at Carnegie Hall in a rare trio collaboration with pianist Evgeny Kissin and cellist Mischa Maisky, marking the first time Perlman and Kissin have performed together. On the orchestral front, he performs season-opening gala concerts with the Toronto Symphony under Peter Oundjian and with the Pittsburgh Symphony under Manfred Honeck, and makes conducting appearances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the San Francisco Symphony. Perlman performs further recitals with his regular collaborator, pianist Rohan De Silva, in performances that take them across North America and Asia and to Europe in their first appearances as a duo in London, Paris, and Munich.
Born in Israel in 1945, Itzhak Perlman completed his initial training at the Academy of Music in Tel Aviv. An early recipient of an America-Israel Cultural Foundation scholarship, he came to New York and soon was propelled to national recognition with an appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1958. Following his studies at the Juilliard School with Ivan Galamian and Dorothy DeLay, he won the prestigious Leventritt Competition in 1964, which led to a burgeoning worldwide career. Since then, Itzhak Perlman has established himself as a cultural icon and household name in classical music.
Perlman has further delighted audiences through his frequent appearances on the conductor’s podium. He has performed as conductor with the New York Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Boston Symphony, the National Symphony, the San Francisco Symphony, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the symphony orchestras of Dallas, Houston, Pittsburgh, Seattle, Montreal, and Toronto, as well as at the Ravinia and Tanglewood festivals. He was Music Advisor of the St. Louis Symphony from 2002 to 2004, where he made regular conducting appearances, and he was Principal Guest Conductor of the Detroit Symphony from 2001 to 2005. Internationally, Perlman has conducted the Berlin Philharmonic, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the London Philharmonic, the English Chamber Orchestra, and the Israel Philharmonic.
Over the past two decades, Perlman has become more actively involved in music education, using this opportunity to encourage gifted young string players. Alongside his wife Toby, his close involvement in the Perlman Music Program has been a particularly rewarding experience, and he has taught full-time at the Program each summer since its founding in 1993. Perlman currently holds the Dorothy Richard Starling Foundation Chair at the Juilliard School.
Numerous publications and institutions have paid tribute to Itzhak Perlman for the unique place he occupies in the artistic and humanitarian fabric of our times. Harvard, Yale, Brandeis, Roosevelt, Yeshiva, and Hebrew universities are among the institutions that have awarded him honorary degrees. He was awarded an honorary doctorate and a centennial medal on the occasion of Juilliard’s 100th commencement ceremony in May 2005. President Reagan honored Perlman with a “Medal of Liberty” in 1986, and in December 2000, President Clinton awarded him the “National Medal of Arts.” Itzhak Perlman’s presence on stage, on camera, and in personal appearances of all kinds speaks eloquently on behalf of the disabled, and his devotion to their cause is an integral part of his life.
Itzhak Perlman has also been honored with 16 Grammys, four Emmy Awards, a Kennedy Center Honor, a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. His recordings can be found on the Deutsche Grammophon, Warner/EMI/Erato, Sony Classical, London/Decca, and Telarc labels.
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