Itzhak Perlman

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About Itzhak Perlman

Violinist Itzhak Perlman was born in Tel Aviv in 1945, where he contracted polio at age four, around the same time he first picked up the instrument. He fought through the disease, giving his first professional recital when he was only 10, and three years later he moved to the United States to study at Juilliard. The teen prodigy performed on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1958, translating his early virtuosity into rare mainstream fame for a classical musician. By the early 1960s he was performing with leading American orchestras, giving accounts of music spanning the entirety of classical history, while later demonstrating a deep connection with klezmer and an affinity for jazz improvisation. Perlman became a pop-culture figure who got invited to perform at the White House, appeared on Hollywood Squares, and provided violin solos for the celebrated score of the 1993 film Schindler’s List. He has been an active music teacher since the mid-'70s, and branched out into conducting at the start of the 21st century.

Tel Aviv, Israel
August 31, 1945