Itzhak Perlman

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Itzhak Perlman

Itzhak Perlman (born August 31, 1945) is an Israeli violinist and teacher. He is regarded as one of the great violinists of the late 20th century, and is certainly one of the most famous. In addition to performing, he has a substantial teaching career, and gives private lessons and master classes on violin and chamber music worldwide.

Perlman was born in Jaffa. He contracted polio at the age of four, leaving him on crutches, and confining him to play the violin seated even today. He studied at the Academy of Music there. He moved to the United States to study at the Juilliard School, and made his debut at Carnegie Hall in 1963.

Soon, Perlman began to tour extensively. He has made a large number of records, and from the 1970s began to appear on shows such as The Tonight Show and Sesame Street, as well as playing at a number of functions at the White House. For many years, in the 1980s and early 1990s, his week-long appearances (typically including Tuesday and Thursday evening concerts with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and a Wednesday evening "Virtuoso Series" recital (and sometimes even a "pops" program Friday and Saturday evenings), were a highlight of the Hollywood Bowl summer season. He was also the soloist for the score of Schindler's List by John Williams, which subsequently won an Academy Award for Best Score.

As well as playing and recording the classical music for which he is best known, Perlman has also played jazz and klezmer. Recently, he has also begun to conduct, taking the post of Principal Guest Conductor at the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

Perlman has received many honors, including Kennedy Center Honors in 2003.

His version of Paganini's 24 Caprices is among his best known recordings.

Perlman plays on the famous Soil Strad violin.

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