Itzhak Perlman

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Biography

Born: August 31, 1945; Israel  
In the latter twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, Itzhak Perlman has been acclaimed as being among the leading violinists before the public, and, without doubt, has been the most visible of them in media venues, from recordings and radio broadcasts to television and film appearances. No other concert violinist and few other serious musicians have achieved the widespread exposure and popularity attained by Perlman.

Itzhak Perlman
Read more was born in Tel Aviv on August 31, 1945. At the age of four he was stricken with polio, which caused permanent paralysis of his legs, leaving him to rely on crutches and braces for the rest of his life. Despite his handicap, young Itzhak began showing talent on the violin, and his father Chaim, a barber, quickly recognized his son's unusual abilities and arranged for lessons for him at the Music Academy of Tel Aviv. Soon Itzhak began giving concerts and attracting attention throughout Israel. American television talent agent Ed Sullivan learned of Perlman's abilities and brought the 13-year-old to New York for a 1959 appearance on his Caravan of Stars show.

Perlman and his parents subsequently took up residency in New York City, where the young virtuoso continued to attract attention. He enrolled at the Juilliard School of Music, studying with Ivan Galamian and Dorothy DeLay. He made his official debut in 1963 at Carnegie Hall with a performance of the F sharp minor Wieniawski Concerto and went on to win the Leventritt Competition, one of whose prizes was an appearance with the New York Philharmonic, then led by Leonard Bernstein.

After these triumphs Perlman was taken on by impresario Sol Hurok and given a heavy schedule of concerts in the United States, Europe, Asia, and Israel over the coming years. He also began making recordings with RCA and would eventually sign contracts with EMI, Sony, Teldec, and others. Over the next three decades, his recordings would include the concertos of Beethoven, Brahms, Sibelius, Mendelssohn, Berg, the two by Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky's Piano Trio, Dvorak's Sonatina, Paganini's Caprices, and many others. In 1966, Perlman married Toby Friedlander. The couple would reside in the Upper West Side of Manhattan, where they would raise five children. Perlman had begun teaching as well, and in 1975 took a faculty post at Brooklyn College.

Perlman's fame grew rapidly in the 1970s and he began appearing regularly on television programs, like the children's show Sesame Street, The Tonight Show, David Letterman, and various specials on the PBS network. He also became a frequent performer at White House events, especially during the Reagan administration. In 1986, President Reagan awarded him a Medal of Liberty, an award recognizing the contributions of foreign-born Americans. By 1990 Perlman had performed with virtually every major orchestra in the world and with almost every important conductor. He also signed a new contract that year with EMI, the label for whom he has made the most recordings.

In 1994, Perlman hosted a program on the PBS network called the Three Tenors, Encore!, that featured the singing of Luciano Pavarotti, Plácido Domingo, and José Carreras. He also made a television special in 1995 for the PBS Great Performances series entitled In the Fiddler's House. Perlman has recently taken up conducting, his concerts including a Tanglewood Festival performance in 2000 with the Boston Symphony Orchestra that included critically successful readings of the Mozart Symphony No. 29 and the Brahms Symphony No. 4.

In the twenty-first century, Perlman's career continues to yield him triumph after triumph, placing him among this age's top five or six musicians in the classical realm. Read less
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  • 1.
    Schumann, Bach & Brahms / Argerich, Perlman
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 557553 Release Date: 09/30/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Johannes Brahms,  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Martha Argerich,  Itzhak Perlman
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    Pinchas Zukerman: Complete Recordings on DG, Decca, & Philips
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002514302 Release Date: 07/22/2016   Number of Discs: 22
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Pinchas Zukerman,  Midori,  Daniel Barenboim,  Marc Neikrug  ... 
    Conductor:  Pinchas Zukerman,  Daniel Barenboim,  Charles Dutoit,  Pierre Boulez  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra,  St. Paul Chamber Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    The Art of Itzhak Perlman
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 518338 Release Date: 05/06/2016   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Antonín Dvorák,  Jean Sibelius  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Itzhak Perlman,  John Williams,  Pinchas Zukerman  ... 
    Conductor:  Erich Leinsdorf
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  Juilliard String Quartet
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    Fiddler On The Roof [2016 Broadway Cast]
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 4016 Release Date: 03/18/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jerry Bock,  John T. Williams
    Performer:  Alexandra Silber,  Adam Kantor,  Itzhak Perlman
    Conductor:  Ted Sperling
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    John Williams: The Complete Columbia Album Collection [58 CD + 1 DVD]
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 309294 Release Date: 03/04/2016   Number of Discs: 59
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Isaac Albeniz,  Francisco Tarrega,  Joaquin Turina  ... 
    Performer:  John Williams,  Julian Bream,  Carlos Bonell,  Brian Gascoigne  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Charles Groves,  Daniel Barenboim,  John Williams,  Louis Frémaux  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  London Sinfonietta,  String Orchestra  ... 
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    The Trout & The Greatest Love and The Greatest Sorrow
    Label: Christopher Nupen Films   Catalog: 13 Release Date: 01/29/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Jacqueline Du Pré,  Itzhak Perlman,  Pinchas Zukerman,  Zubin Mehta  ... 
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    111: The Collector's Editions [111 CDs]
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002422702 Release Date: 12/11/2015   Number of Discs: 111
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Maurice Ravel,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  David Oistrakh,  Igor Oistrakh,  Sviatoslav Richter,  Martha Argerich  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado,  Daniel Barenboim,  Lorin Maazel,  Franz Konwitschny  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Amadeus Quartet,  Orchestre de Paris  ... 
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    Prokofiev: The Two Violin Concertos
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 552361 Release Date: 11/27/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev
    Performer:  Itzhak Perlman
    Conductor:  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky
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    Beethoven: Violin Concerto; Romances Nos. 1 & 2 / Perlman, Barenboim
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 552411 Release Date: 11/20/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Itzhak Perlman
    Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Bits And Pieces
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 552365 Release Date: 11/20/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Arcangelo Corelli,  Sir Edward Elgar,  Alex de Taeye,  Fritz Kreisler  ... 
    Performer:  Samuel Sanders,  Itzhak Perlman
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    Brahms: Piano Trios Opp. 8, 87, & 101
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 552418 Release Date: 11/20/2015   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Itzhak Perlman,  Lynn Harrell,  Vladimir Ashkenazy
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    Brahms: Violinkonzert
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 552357 Release Date: 11/20/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Itzhak Perlman
    Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
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    Bruch: Violin Concerto No. 2 & Scottish Fantasy [1986 Recording]
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 552410 Release Date: 11/20/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Max Bruch
    Performer:  Judy Lieber,  Itzhak Perlman
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
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  • 14.
    Duets For Two Violins
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 553143 Release Date: 11/20/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean-Marie Leclair,  Henri Wieniawski,  Johan Halvorsen,  Louis Spohr
    Performer:  Pinchas Zukerman,  Itzhak Perlman
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    Earl Kim, Robert Starer: Violin Concertos
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 552406 Release Date: 11/20/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Earl Kim,  Robert Starer
    Performer:  Itzhak Perlman
    Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa
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  • 16.
    Itzhak Perlman: Live In Russia
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 552414 Release Date: 11/20/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Giuseppe Tartini,  Fritz Kreisler,  Sergei Prokofiev  ... 
    Performer:  Itzhak Perlman,  Janet Goodman Guggenheim
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
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    J.C. & C.P.E. Bach, Mozart, Stamitz, Vanhal, Goldberg: Oboe Quartets & Trio Sonatas
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 552401 Release Date: 11/20/2015   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Carl Stamitz,  Johann Christian Bach,  Johann Baptist Vanhal  ... 
    Performer:  Ray Still,  Lynn Harrell,  Itzhak Perlman,  Pinchas Zukerman  ... 
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    J.S. Bach: Violin Concertos in D Minor & G Minor; Concerto for Violin & Oboe in C Minor / Perlman
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 552403 Release Date: 11/20/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Itzhak Perlman,  Ray Still
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    Khachaturian: Violin Concerto; Tchaikovsky: Meditation
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 552353 Release Date: 11/20/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Aram Khachaturian,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Itzhak Perlman
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
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    Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto; Bruch: Violin Concerto No. 1 / Previn, Perlman
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 553141 Release Date: 11/20/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Max Bruch
    Performer:  Itzhak Perlman
    Conductor:  André Previn
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  • 21.
    My Favourite Kreisler
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 552366 Release Date: 11/20/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Fritz Kreisler,  Antonín Dvorák,  Niccolň Paganini
    Performer:  Samuel Sanders,  Itzhak Perlman
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  • 22.
    Shostakovich: Violin Concerto No. 1; Glazunov: Violin Concerto
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 552413 Release Date: 11/20/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Alexander Glazunov
    Performer:  Itzhak Perlman
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
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  • 23.
    Vivaldi: The Four Seasons; Violin Concertos
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 552404 Release Date: 11/20/2015   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Itzhak Perlman
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  • 24.
    Bartok: Violin Concerto No. 2 / Previn, Perlman, London Symphony Orchestra
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 552972 Release Date: 11/06/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Béla Bartók
    Performer:  Itzhak Perlman
    Conductor:  André Previn
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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    Beethoven:
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 552422 Release Date: 11/06/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Eduard Franck
    Performer:  Itzhak Perlman,  Martha Argerich
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