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Today’s Memory – Itzhak Perlman

Itzhak Perlman

born August 31, 1945, Tel Aviv, Palestine/Tel Aviv–Yafo, Israel


 

Itzhak Perlman (Hebrew: יצחק פרלמן) is an Israeli-American violinist, conductor, and music teacher, known for his brilliant virtuoso technique. His refinement of detail led many to regard him as one of the finest performers of the major violin repertoire of his time.

Perlman contracted polio at age four, which left his legs paralyzed. His first public concert was in Tel Aviv when he was 10.

In 1958 he went to the United States to study at the Juilliard School in New York City with the renowned teachers Ivan Galamian and Dorothy DeLay; in that same year he performed before a national television audience on the Ed Sullivan Show.

Felix Mendelssohn – Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64 Itzhak Perlman 13 years old

He made his Carnegie Hall debut in 1963 and won the prestigious Leventritt Prize a year later, which brought him immediate engagements with major American orchestras.

Jules Massenet – Meditation from Thais for Violin and Piano

As well as performing virtually the entire classical concert repertoire, he occasionally played with klezmer (traditional Jewish dance music) and jazz groups.

George Gershwin – Summertime (1987)

He also played the solo violin passages in John Williams’s Oscar-winning score for the movie Schindler’s List (1993).

John Williams – Themes from „Schindler’s List” (1993) The Los Angeles Philharmonic, Conductor: Gustavo Dudamel, Violin: Itzhak Perlman

As a conductor, he worked with many of the great orchestras. He held the position of principal guest conductor with the Detroit Symphony (2001–2005) and was music adviser of the St. Louis Symphony 2002–2004). Over the course of his career, Perlman has performed worldwide, and throughout the United States, in venues that have included a State Dinner at the White House honoring Queen Elizabeth II, and at the Presidential Inauguration of President Obama.

Itzhak Perlman performs at the White House Dinner in honor of President Shimon Peres of Israel (2012)

Perlman was also a teacher, regularly giving violin master classes and cofounding in 1998 (with his wife, Toby) the Perlman Music Program to encourage gifted string players aged 12 to 18.

Johann Sebastian Bach – Partita in D Minor, BWV 1004

He received 15 Grammy Awards between 1977–1995, and in 2008 he was given a Grammy for lifetime achievement. Perlman was also a recipient of the U.S. Medal of Freedom (1986), the National Medal of Arts (2000), a Kennedy Center Honor (2003), and the Presidential Medal of Freedom (2015).

Itzhak (2017) is a documentary about his life and career.

More on: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Itzhak_Perlman

În limba română: https://ro.wikipedia.org/wiki/Itzhak_Perlman

 

Best Songs Itzhak Perlman (Album 2018)

 

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