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.
Having performed with every major orchestra and at venerable concert halls around the globe, Perlman was granted a Presidential Medal of Freedom – the Nation’s highest civilian honor – by President Obama in 2015, a Kennedy Center Honor in 2003, a National Medal of Arts by President Clinton in 2000, and a Medal of Liberty by President Reagan in 1986.
In the 2016/2017 season, Itzhak Perlman performs season-opening gala concerts with the Baltimore Symphony and the Milwaukee Symphony, and appears with the Toronto, Cincinnati, Houston, and San Diego symphonies, among others. He conducts the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Seattle Symphony, Israel Philharmonic, and the Chicago Symphony at Ravinia. Throughout the season, he performs with his regular collaborator, pianist Rohan De Silva, in recitals that take them across North America, including Chicago, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.
In Fall 2016, Warner Classics released a new album that Perlman recorded earlier that year in Paris with one of the greatest pianists of our time, Martha Argerich. It marks a historic first studio album for this legendary duo, exploring masterpieces by Bach, Schumann, and Brahms. It has been 18 years since their last album together: a live recital from the Saratoga Performing Arts Center.
Earlier last year, Perlman recorded a bonus track for the original cast recording of the critically acclaimed Broadway revival of Fiddler on the Roof, released on Broadway Records. The cast recording features Perlman on a track titled “Excerpts from Fiddler on the Roof,” arranged by John Williams.
Itzhak Perlman has been honored with 16 Grammys, four Emmys, a Kennedy Center Honor, a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, a Genesis Prize, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Over the past two decades, Perlman has become actively involved in music education through his work with the Perlman Music Program and the Juilliard School, where he currently holds the Dorothy Richard Starling Foundation Chair.