Monday, October 08, 2007

Itzhak Perlman

“Music speaks what cannot be expressed, soothes the mind and gives it rest, heals the heart and makes it whole, flows from heaven to the soul.”

Itzhak Perlman
from Wikipedia

Itzhak Perlman (born August 31, 1945) is an Israeli-American violinist, conductor, and pedagogue. He is one of the most distinguished violinists of the late 20th century.

Perlman was born in Tel Aviv, Palestine, now Israel, where he first became interested in the violin when he heard a classical music performance on the radio. He studied at the Academy of Music in Tel Aviv before moving to the United States to study at the Juilliard School with Ivan Galamian and Dorothy DeLay. He made his debut at Carnegie Hall in 1963 and won the prestigious Leventritt Competition in 1964. Soon afterward he began to tour extensively. In addition to an extensive recording career, he has made occasional guest appearances on American television, starting in the 1970s on shows such as The Tonight Show and Sesame Street, as well as playing at a number of functions at the White House.

Perlman contracted polio at the age of four. He made a good recovery, learning to walk with the use of crutches. Today, he generally uses crutches for mobility and plays the violin while seated.
In 1987, he joined the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra for their concerts in Warsaw and Budapest, as well as other Eastern bloc countries. He toured with the IPO in the spring of 1990 for their first-ever performance in the USSR, with concerts in Moscow and Leningrad, and toured with the IPO again in 1994, performing in China and India.

While primarily a solo artist, Perlman has performed with a number of other notable musicians, including with Yo-Yo Ma, Jessye Norman and Yuri Temirkanov at the 150th anniversary celebration of Tchaikovsky in Leningrad in December 1990.

As well as playing and recording the classical music for which he is best known, Perlman has also played jazz, including an album made with jazz pianist Oscar Peterson, and klezmer. Perlman has been a soloist for a number of movie scores, notably the score of the 1993 film Schindler's List by John Williams, which subsequently won an Academy Award for best score. More recently, he was the violin soloist for the 2005 film Memoirs of a Geisha, along with cellist Yo-Yo Ma. Perlman played selections from the musical scores of the movies nominated for "Best Original Score" at the 73rd Academy Awards with Yo-Yo Ma, and at the 78th Academy Awards.
Perlman plays on the antique Soil Stradivarius violin of 1714, considered to be one of the finest violins made during Stradivari's "golden period", as well as the Sauret Guarneri del Gesu of c.1743.

In recent years, Perlman has also begun to conduct, taking the post of principal guest conductor at the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. He served as music advisor of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra from 2002-2004.

In 2003, Mr. Perlman was named the holder of the Dorothy Richard Starling Foundation Chair in Violin Studies at the Juilliard School, succeeding his teacher, Dorothy DeLay.
Perlman played during the entertainment at the state dinner attended by Queen Elizabeth II on May 7, 2007, in the East Room at the White House.

Itzhak Perlman resides in New York City with his wife, Toby, also a classically trained violinist. They have four children, Noah, Navah, Leora, and Rami. In 1995, the Perlmans founded the Perlman Music Program in Shelter Island, New York, offering gifted young string players a summer residential course in chamber music.

Wieniaswky Concerto no2 - Young Itzhak Perlman (1964)

This clip was so cute!
Itzhak Perlman - I Know I Played Every Note (Masterclasses)

Itzhak Perlman - Tchaikovsky Valse Scherzo op 23

Perlman in Russia Violin Concerto in D Opus 35

Perlman returns to Cracow

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Blogger Jim said...

Very nicely done, Ragedy. We like Perlman at our house. I'm glad he visited at Cracow, he needed to go there and they needed him.

I've been to the 'camp' with Mrs. Jim and granddaughter, Jenna. There isn't much light talking for the rest of the day after that.

Also there is an Internet story going round how Perlman was in NYC for a concert and broke a violin string. He couldn't get a replacement quickly--hard to believe--so he retuned his instrument and played with three strings.

Even though it sounded quite good, he was asked why did he not wait for someone to get him a string. That would have delayed the concert a little.

He said that one just has to take whatever he has and go with it. Implication was that he had to go with the music too, with his crippled body because that was what he had.

October 08, 2007 8:11 PM  
Blogger Jim said...

That's ok, Ragedy. I'll bet it was on your blog and not in an e-mail where I saw this.

I liked the Word Verification word you found. I may have to put mine back on.

Stay cool,



October 08, 2007 8:44 PM  
Blogger kenju said...

I was fortunate enough to see him in concert here in Raleigh, back in the 80's. It was wonderful!

October 08, 2007 9:47 PM  
Blogger Cliff said...

Great lesson raggedy. I just caught up with all of your writings and watched the tornado video. I'm glad you're alive.

October 09, 2007 12:24 AM  
Blogger Merle said...

Hi Raggedy ~~ I remember you posting about this brilliant violinist before
and about how he broke a string etc as Jim said. Glad you are coping well back at work, don't let the felas get the best of you, Also, don't you be too hard on them !!
Take care, my friend, Love, Merle.

October 09, 2007 3:02 AM  
Blogger Gattina said...

Very interesting, but unfortunately I don't know him at all.

October 09, 2007 5:24 AM  
Blogger Walker said...

Great post as always, I have watched Itzhak Perlman perform on Tv and he was brilliant.

I hope you are feeling better, I am just getting caught up with everyone :)

Have a nice day

October 09, 2007 11:42 AM  
Blogger OldHorsetailSnake said...

Itzhak? Meshach...and...Abednego.

Is that how the famous trio sounds?

I love your posts.

October 09, 2007 8:21 PM  
Blogger Jamie Dawn said...

I did not know he also played jazz
Very cool!!
What a extraordinary talent!!!!

October 09, 2007 8:50 PM  
Blogger eyes_only4him said...

i love the violin...I remember seeing him on mr Rodgers when I was a kid..hehe

October 09, 2007 9:11 PM  
Blogger OldLady Of The Hills said...

What a treat dear Raggedy...I LOVE LOVE LOVE Pearlman....He is a true Giant!
Thanks for letting me know yoy put this wonderful post up....I think I may write about my one little experience with Mr. P. You have inspired me!

October 10, 2007 2:46 AM  
Blogger OldLady Of The Hills said...

PERLMAN...I never have spelled his name correctly...LOL!

October 10, 2007 2:47 AM  
Blogger OldHorsetailSnake said...

This is great stuff, Rags. Thanks ever so much!!

October 11, 2007 6:16 PM  
Blogger Shannon akaMonty said...

I'd love to see him--he's so wonderful! He makes me feel dreamy inside. :)

(i have something for you today, missy!)

October 12, 2007 11:02 AM  
Blogger Karen said...

Hello my friend! I've missed you so much and I apologize for not being around much.

This is a wonderful post and tribute to him. I just finished a Music class and I really enjoyed it (despite all the work LOL) and I learned so much about music.

I hope all is well with you and that you are feeling better.

Love & hugs!

October 13, 2007 12:18 AM  

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