Itzhak Perlman

Dean Lloyd Minor welcomes violin virtuoso Itzhak Perlman for a conversation about the joy of performing, the importance of practice, and how musicians hone their unique sound. They discuss the nuances of teaching music, the connection between audience and performer, and how Perlman’s musical expression has changed over a career spanning six decades. They also explore some of Perlman’s most memorable performances, including at Barack Obama’s inauguration and performing Igor Stravinsky’s Concerto in D for the legendary composer.

Itzhak Perlman

Itzhak Perlman is an award-winning, world-renowned violin virtuoso, conductor, and music educator, with a career spanning six decades. Beginning with his first national performance on The Ed Sullivan Show at the age of 13, Perlman has performed and recorded prolifically, including with world-famous artists ranging from Luciano Pavarotti to Billy Joel, and at historic events such as a White House state dinner for Queen Elizabeth II and Barack Obama’s inauguration. His artistry has been honored with 16 Grammy Awards, including an award for Lifetime Achievement; four Emmy Awards; and recognition from Presidents Obama (Presidential Medal of Freedom), Clinton (National Medal of Arts), and Reagan (Medal of Liberty). In 2003, Perlman received a Kennedy Center Honor from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts for his contributions to the cultural and educational life of the nation. Perlman has conducted orchestras and symphonies in the United States and abroad, including the New York Philharmonic and the English Chamber Orchestra; and he leads the faculty of the Perlman Music Program, which was founded by his wife, Toby Perlman, and offers residencies and fellowships for young musicians. Perlman completed his musical training at the Academy of Music in Tel Aviv and The Julliard School.

 

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