Itzhak Perlman

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  • 16 Time Grammy Award-Winning Violinist
  • Inspirational Speaker on the Power of Passion
  • Recipient of Presidential Medal of Freedom & Genesis Prize (The Jewish Nobel)

One of the only household names in classical music today, 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 who respond not only to his remarkable artistry, but also to his irrepressible joy for music-making and communicating with music lovers around the world. In his presentations, Mr. Perlman's joy of music is brought to life on stage as he uses his violin to demonstrate the power of music by emotionally connecting with his audience.

 
  

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It was a great day here for everyone and everyone I see is still talking about Mr. Perlman and his visit here. We had almost 2,000 guests in the venue which makes it an even bigger success for the university. Thank you for all of your hard work in helping us to have such a successful event. The entire visit was as perfect as it could possibly be.

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An Evening with Itzhak Perlman

For decades, Itzhak Perlman has been inspiring audiences as the world’s foremost virtuoso violinist. In an engaging conversation, Perlman will share his experiences as one of the world’s most beloved figures in classical music, and discuss how after decades of performing at the very highest level, h ...

For decades, Itzhak Perlman has been inspiring audiences as the world’s foremost virtuoso violinist. In an engaging conversation, Perlman will share his experiences as one of the world’s most beloved figures in classical music, and discuss how after decades of performing at the very highest level, he continues to find joy, passion, and excitement in music. He will talk about how a life in music has allowed him to continue to grow, and why he chose to move into conducting and teaching. In a moderated question and answer session, Perlman will touch on a broad range of topics, from what defines genius to how he became a wine connoisseur. And he will use his violin to demonstrate the power of music to emotionally connect with an audience.

Leadership & Team Building

Beyond his award-winning artistry as a violinist, Mr. Perlman's skill for bringing a diverse range of musicians together to create perfection in music is an analogy for building teams in the business world. This presentation is equal parts passion, inspiration and substance and attendees will walk a ...

Beyond his award-winning artistry as a violinist, Mr. Perlman's skill for bringing a diverse range of musicians together to create perfection in music is an analogy for building teams in the business world. This presentation is equal parts passion, inspiration and substance and attendees will walk away rejuvenated by the possibilities of infusing their complex jobs with more spirit and collaboration.

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<p>Itzhak Perlman Delivers a Powerful Message about Leadership & Team Building</p>

Itzhak Perlman Delivers a Powerful Message about Leadership & Team Building

ITZHAK PERLMAN's presentation before a rapt audience of 4,000+ treasury & finance professionals at the Association for Financial Professionals Annual Conference was brilliant! Beyond his award-winning artistry as a violinist, Mr. Perlman's skill for bringing a diverse range of musicians together to create perfection in music is an analogy for building teams in the business world. His presentation was equal parts passion, inspiration and substance and attendees walked away rejuvenated by the possibilities of infusing their complex jobs with more spirit and collaboration.

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<p>Meet the Man Behind the Music</p>

Meet the Man Behind the Music

In this engaging behind-the-scenes interview with award-winning violin virtuoso ITZHAK PERLMAN, you get to see the passionate, fun and down-to-earth side as he answers a rapid fire round of 20 questions. Take a few minutes and get to know Itzhak, and the robust personality he shares with every audience. 

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<p>Itzhak Perlman Awarded 2016 Genesis Prize (Jewish Nobel)</p>

Itzhak Perlman Awarded 2016 Genesis Prize (Jewish Nobel)

2016 Genesis Prize Laureate ITZHAK PERLMAN recently met up with Genesis Prize Ceremony MC, award-winning actress Dame Helen Mirren, in advance of their trip to Israel, where Mr. Perlman will receive the 2016 Genesis Prize Award. Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu will present the 2016 Genesis Prize to the acclaimed violinist, educator and advocate for individuals with disabilities. “Itzhak Perlman is the embodiment of everything an ideal Genesis Prize Laureate should be,” said Chairman and Co-Founder of the Genesis Prize, Stan Polovets. “Itzhak has achieved unparalleled professional success, and through his music brings joy to millions of people around the world. A 16-time Grammy award winner, he has been an incredible source of inspiration for individuals with special needs by overcoming tremendous personal challenges after having been severely disabled by polio at age four. And he has given back to society by dedicating virtually all of his free time and significant resources to teaching young talented musicians and to serving as an advocate for individuals with disabilities.

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<p>Violin Virtuoso Itzhak Perlman's Video Goes Viral: A Lesson from Music that Resonates in Work and Life</p>

Violin Virtuoso Itzhak Perlman's Video Goes Viral: A Lesson from Music that Resonates in Work and Life

Lessons learned in music carry to all aspects of life, and that is the golden nugget that stands out in this interview clip with award-winning violin virtuoso ITZHAK PERLMAN. Classic FM Radio Host David Mellor recently interviewed Perlman ahead of the UK leg of his European tour, and he asked Perlman to share some advice on getting the most out of your practice. The advice he gives translates into work and life and this clip even went viral on Facebook! The video has appeared on over 2 million FB timelines and has been shared over 650,000 times. Enjoy!

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<p>Dancing in Symphony Hall Aisles as Perlman Celebrates 'Fiddler's House'</p>

Dancing in Symphony Hall Aisles as Perlman Celebrates 'Fiddler's House'

Known the world over as one of the greatest classical violinists, ITZHAK PERLMAN brings out his klezmer credentials and gets "several hundred audience members.. line-dancing in the Symphony Hall aisles" in a 20th anniversary celebration of a 1995 PBS special, In the Fiddler's House.

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<p>Perlman Receives 2015 Presidential Medal of Freedom</p>

Perlman Receives 2015 Presidential Medal of Freedom

Renowned violinist ITZHAK PERLMAN was among 17 distinguished recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom in a ceremony at the White House on November 24, 2015.

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One of the only household names in classical music today, 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 who respond not only to his remarkable artistry, but also to his irrepressible joy for music-making and communicating with music lovers around the world. 

Having performed with every major orchestra and at venerable concert halls around the globe, Perlman was granted a Kennedy Center Honor in 2003 by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in celebration of his distinguished achievements and contributions to the cultural and educational life of the United States. In 2009, Perlman was honored to take part in the Inauguration of President Barack Obama, premiering a piece written for the occasion by John Williams alongside cellist Yo-Yo Ma, clarinetist Anthony McGill and pianist Gabriela Montero, for an audience of nearly 40 million television viewers in the United States and millions more throughout the world. In 2007, he performed at a State Dinner for Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, hosted by President George W. Bush and Mrs. Bush at the White House.

A major presence in the performing arts on television, Perlman has received four Emmy Awards, including one for the PBS documentary Fiddling for the Future, a film about the Perlman Music Program and his work as a teacher and conductor there. Founded in 1993, the Perlman Music Program offers unparalleled musical training to young string players through intensive summer programs and mentoring.

Perlman has entertained and enlightened millions of television viewers of all ages on popular shows including The Late Show with David Letterman, Sesame Street, The Frugal Gourmet, The Tonight Show and multiple Grammy Awards telecasts. During the 78th Annual Academy Awards in 2006, Perlman performed a live medley from the five film scores nominated in the category of Best Original Score for a worldwide audience in the hundreds of millions. 

Having garnered 16 Grammy Awards over the years with his best-selling recordings, Perlman was honored in 2008 with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award for excellence in the recording arts.

Born in Israel in 1945, Perlman completed his initial training at the Academy of Music in Tel Aviv. He came to New York and soon was propelled into the international arena with an appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1958. Following his studies at the Juilliard School, Perlman 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 the reigning virtuoso of the violin.

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 which 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 him with a “Medal of Liberty” in 1986, and in December 2000, President Clinton awarded Perlman the “National Medal of Arts.”