Fuji Xerox Presents the Itzhak Perlman Violin Recital
Itzhak Perlman, violin
Undeniably the reigning virtuoso of violin, Itzhak Perlman enjoys a 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 the irrepressible joy of making music that he communicates. In 2003, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts presented him with a Kennedy Center Honor, the most valued award for musicians, in recognition of his distinguished achievements and contribution to culture and education.
Born in Israel in 1945, he graduated from 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 with Ivan Galamian and Dorothy DeLay, he won the prestigious Leventritt Competition in 1964, which led to a burgeoning worldwide career. Since then, he has appeared with most major orchestras and in recitals and festivals around the world.
For a decade now, he has also frequented the conductor's podium, and through this medium he is further delighting his audiences. A major presence in the performing arts on television, he has been honored with four Emmy Awards. In Steven Spielberg's Academy Award winning film, "Schindler's List," he performed the violin solos. His recordings regularly appear on the best-seller charts and have garnered fifteen Grammy Awards.
He has also been actively involved in educational activities, which include teaching each summer at the Juilliard School. Many universities 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 2005. President Reagan honored him with a "Medal of Liberty" in 1986, and President Clinton awarded him the "National Medal of Arts" in 2000. His presence on stage, on camera, and in personal appearances of all kinds speaks eloquently on behalf of the disabled, and his devotion to their cause is an integral part of his life.