Itzhak Perlman is an Israeli-American violinist, conductor, and pedagogue. Perlman contracted polio at age four. He made a good recovery, learning to walk with crutches. Today, he uses crutches or an electric scooter for mobility and plays the violin while seated.
Perlman first became interested in the violin after hearing classical music on the radio. He instead taught himself how to play the instrument using a toy fiddle until he was old enough to study at the Academy of Music in Tel Aviv. He then moved to the United States to study at the Juilliard School with the violin pedagogue Ivan Galamian and his assistant Dorothy DeLay.
Perlman appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show twice in 1958, and again in 1964, on the same show with the Rolling Stones. He made his debut at Carnegie Hall in 1963 and won the Leventritt Competition in 1964. Soon after, he began to tour widely. In addition to an extensive recording and performance career, he has continued to make guest appearances on American television shows as well as playing at a number of functions at the White House.
Over the course of his career, Perlman has performed worldwide, and throughout the United States, in venues that have included a State Dinner at the White House honoring Queen Elizabeth II and the Presidential Inauguration of Barack Obama.
He has conducted the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and the Westchester philharmonic. In 2015, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
He also teaches. In 1975, Perlman accepted a faculty post at the Conservatory of Music at Brooklyn College, he teaches at the Juilliard School and one-on-one classes, and even has a music program named after him on Long Island.
Itzhak Perlman has confirmed a show at Royal Festival Hall in London on May 6. Catch a performance live by checking out the tour dates and concert ticket information below on Stereoboard.