Hello. Today I am continuing my series everything you need to know about violin from A-Z. Today we are on I for Itzhak Perlman. Perlman is a Jewish violinist famous for his virtuosity and long and successful career.
|Itzhak Perlman, a polio survivor, plays the violin while seated. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
He has been a member of many large orchestras such as the Saint Louis symphony orchestra and the New York philharmonic orchestra, he has also performed on many well know film scores such as the one for Schindlers List and Memoirs of a Geisha.
He also teaches at the Brooklyn College of music and has started conducting in recent years. Perlman has also appeared on TV many times in shows such as The Tonight Show and Sesame Street; he has also played a number of functions at the white house.
Itzhak Perlman was born in Tel Aviv Israel. He decided to pick up the violin after hearing classical performances on the radio. He studied first at the academy of music in Tel Aviv and then at the juilliard School of music in New York. He made his debut at Carnegie Hall in 1963.
Perlman contracted polio at the age of four and made a good recovery learning to walk with the age of crutches, today he uses crutches or a mobility scooter and always plays while seated. In 1987 he joined the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra for their concerts in Warsaw and Budapest he has also collaborated with many other artists such as Yo-Yo Ma and John Williams.
Perlman plays on the antique Soil Stradivarius which is considered to be one of the finest violins ever made during Stradivari's golden period. He performed together with Yo-Yo Ma, Anthony McGill and Gabriela Montero at the 2009 inauguration ceremony for Barack Obama.
Today (2016) Itzhak Perlman lives in New York City with his wife Toby also a violinist and their five children. (Wikipedia)