Itzhak Perlman



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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    Itzhak Perlman: Anniversary Box
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 261668 Release Date: 09/18/2020   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Modest Mussorgsky,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Itzhak Perlman,  Zuill Bailey,  Navah Perlman,  Giora Schmidt  ... 
    Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy,  Itzhak Perlman,  Zubin Mehta,  Pinchas Zukerman  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra,  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Itzhak Perlman: Complete RCA & Columbia Album Collection
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 19439752272 Release Date: 08/07/2020   Number of Discs: 18
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev,  Jean Sibelius,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Antonín Dvorák  ... 
    Performer:  Itzhak Perlman,  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  John Williams,  Lynn Harrell  ... 
    Conductor:  Erich Leinsdorf,  André Previn,  Zubin Mehta,  John Williams  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  New York Philharmonic  ... 
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    100 Best Children's Classics
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 548472 Release Date: 07/31/2020   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Gioachino Rossini  ... 
    Performer:  Itzhak Perlman,  Katia Labčque,  Marielle Labčque,  Moura Lympany  ... 
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Riccardo Muti,  Simon Rattle  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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    Beethoven: Complete Violin Sonatas, Cello Sonatas, String Trios & Piano Trios
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 543863 Release Date: 07/31/2020   Number of Discs: 11
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Pinchas Zukerman,  Jacqueline Du Pré,  Daniel Barenboim,  Gervase de Peyer  ... 
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    Isaac Stern: Complete Columbia Analogue Recordings
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 972425 Release Date: 07/03/2020   Number of Discs: 75
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Henri Wieniawski,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Franz Joseph Haydn  ... 
    Performer:  Isaac Stern,  Alexander Zakin,  Oscar Levant,  Marcel Tabuteau  ... 
    Conductor:  Alexander Hilsberg,  Efrem Kurtz,  Isaac Stern,  Eugene Ormandy  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra,  New York Philharmonic,  Columbia String Orchestra  ... 
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  • 6.
    Beethoven: The Complete Works
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 539882 Release Date: 12/13/2019   Number of Discs: 80
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Birgit Remmert,  Rudolf Schasching,  Robert Holl,  Peter Richards  ... 
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt,  Bernard Haitink,  Daniel Barenboim,  Otto Klemperer  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe,  Arnold Schoenberg Choir,  Staatskapelle Dresden  ... 
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    Zubin Mehta: The Complete Columbia Album Collection
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 19075937662 Release Date: 10/25/2019   Number of Discs: 97
    Composer:  Ottorino Respighi,  Richard Strauss,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Giacomo Puccini  ... 
    Performer:  Bonaldo Giaiotti,  Neilson Taylor,  Fiorenza Cossotto,  Placido Domingo  ... 
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta,  Joseph Flummerfelt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra,  New Philharmonia Orchestra,  Ambrosian Opera Chorus  ... 
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    A Celebration: The Recordings for Cello & Piano / Yo-Yo Ma, Ax
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 19075929282 Release Date: 05/24/2019   Number of Discs: 21
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms,  Robert Schumann,  Richard Strauss  ... 
    Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma,  Emanuel Ax,  Kim Young Uck,  Isaac Stern  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis,  Peter Lieberson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
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    Schlomo Mintz: The Complete Deutsche Grammophon Recordings
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 4836318 Release Date: 04/05/2019   Number of Discs: 15
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms,  César Franck  ... 
    Performer:  Shlomo Mintz,  Yefim Bronfman,  Clifford Benson,  Clifford Benson  ... 
    Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli,  Claudio Abbado,  Zubin Mehta,  James Levine
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    100 Violin Masterworks
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 4798318 Release Date: 02/23/2018   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Modest Mussorgsky,  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Isaac Stern,  Itzhak Perlman,  Nathan Milstein,  Georges Pludermacher  ... 
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta,  James Levine
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Daniel Barenboim: A Retrospective
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 88985393632 Release Date: 08/18/2017   Number of Discs: 46
    Composer:  Alban Berg,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Carl Stamitz  ... 
    Performer:  Daniel Barenboim,  Saschko Gawriloff,  Halina Lukomska,  Pinchas Zukerman  ... 
    Conductor:  Pierre Boulez,  Daniel Barenboim,  Zubin Mehta
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra,  English Chamber Orchestra,  New York Philharmonic  ... 
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    Pinchas Zukerman plays Vivaldi
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 88985370982 Release Date: 04/21/2017   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Pinchas Zukerman,  Neil Black,  Isaac Stern,  Itzhak Perlman  ... 
    Conductor:  Pinchas Zukerman,  Zubin Mehta
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  Los Angeles Philharmonic members,  Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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    Great American Orchestras
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2970 Release Date: 01/13/2017   Number of Discs: 11
    Composer:  Pierre Boulez,  Claude Debussy,  Manuel de Falla,  José Carli  ... 
    Performer:  Elisabete Matos,  Kenneth Riegel,  Christine Schäfer,  Itzhak Perlman
    Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim,  Leonard Bernstein,  Pierre Boulez,  Lorin Maazel  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  Tanglewood Festival Chorus  ... 
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  • 14.
    Beethoven Barenboim
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 558505 Release Date: 12/02/2016   Number of Discs: 35
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Daniel Barenboim,  Pinchas Zukerman,  Jacqueline Du Pré,  Itzhak Perlman  ... 
    Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin State Opera Chorus  ... 
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    Classic Archive - Brahms: The Complete Chamber Music
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 26401 Release Date: 11/18/2016  
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Elena Bashkirova,  Maxim Vengerov,  Boris Pergamenschikow,  Daniel Barenboim  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna String Sextet,  Takács String Quartet,  Berlin Soloists  ... 
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    Mozart: The Singles
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002576902 Release Date: 11/18/2016   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Josef Triebensee,  André Rieu
    Performer:  Andras Schiff,  Barry Tuckwell,  Joshua Bell,  Erik Smith  ... 
    Conductor:  Willi Boskovsky,  James Levine,  Sandor Végh,  Peter Maag  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Members of the Netherlands Wind Ensemble,  Amsterdam Mozart Players,  Vienna Mozart Ensemble  ... 
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    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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  • 18.
    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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  • 19.
    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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  • 20.
    Fiddler on the Roof [2016 Broadway Cast Recording]
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 4016 Release Date: 03/18/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jerry Bock,  John Williams
    Performer:  Danny Burstein,  Jessica Hecht,  Itzhak Perlman
    Conductor:  Ted Sperling
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  • 21.
    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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  • 22.
    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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  • 23.
    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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    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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    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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