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, 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 away rejuvenated by the possibilities of infusing their complex jobs with more spirit and collaboration.
Itzhak Perlman celebrates 60th anniversary of his debut on Ed Sullivan Show
One of the only household names in classical music today, ITZHAK PERLMAN recently celebrated the 60th anniversary of his debut on the Ed Sullivan show (where he performed as a child prodigy at just 13 years-old) with appearances on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert and the Larry King Now show. Discussing his legendary career, and performing a two-song medley with pianist Jon Batiste, Perlman's Late Show appearance racked up hundreds of thousands of views. Perlman also recently performed with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra to honor the Tree of Life Synagogue victims and first responders. On December 11, the performance "Tree of Life: A Concert for Peace and Unity" will be aired on PBS and streamed on PBS.org. A 16-time Grammy Award-Winner who was diagnosed with polio at age four, Perlman's tremendous musical talent and empowering messages on leadership, resilience, giving back, and faith have moved audiences around the world. He consistently receives rave reviews such as: "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." (Elon University).Watch Itzhak Perlman on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert >>
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.Read more >>
New documentary chronicles the life of violin virtuoso Itzhak Perlman
Violin virtuoso ITZHAK PERLMAN is the subject of a new documentary Itzhak that focuses on his remarkable life. A 16-time Grammy Award-Winner, Perlman is one of the only household names in classical music today, and the documentary showcases his tremendous talent and passion. Directed by Alison Chernick, Itzhak follows Perlman as he travels around the world over the course of 2015-2016, and also dives into aspects of his childhood such as when he was diagnosed with polio at age four, and when he was catapulted to fame during a teenaged performance on the Ed Sullivan Show. As Chernick said: “As a documentarian, I saw a large character with huge passion and spirit. I wanted to explore the person behind this beautiful sound . . . I saw Jewish history, humor, discipline, drive, and, of course, amazing resilience and overcoming of obstacles, and I knew the story would be incredibly colorful.” Itzhak premiered to rave reviews (and a thunderous 10-minute standing ovation) as the opener of the Hamptons Film Festival. It is set to be shown on the PBS Series “American Masters” and will have its theatrical release in New York and LA in March.
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.Watch now >>>
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.”Read more...
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!Watch now...
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One of the only household names in classical music today, Itzhak Perlman, undeniably the reigning virtuoso of the violin, 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 of music-making and communicating with audiences.
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 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.
A new documentary on Mr. Perlman, titled “Itzhak”, premiered in October 2017 as the opening film of the 2017 Hamptons International Film Festival. Directed by award-winning filmmaker Alison Chernick, the enchanting documentary details the virtuoso’s own struggles as a polio survivor and Jewish émigré and is a reminder why art is vital to life. The film will be released theatrically nationwide in March 2018. For more information, visit www.itzhakthefilm.com.
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.
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.