Undeniably the reigning virtuoso of the violin, Itzhak Perlman enjoys superstar status rarely afforded a classical musician. In January 2009, Mr. Perlman was honored to take part in the Inauguration of President Barack Obama, premiering a piece written for the occasion by John Williams and performing with clarinetist Anthony McGill, pianist Gabriela Montero, and cellist Yo-Yo Ma. President Reagan granted him a “Medal of Liberty” in 1986, and President Clinton awarded him the “National Medal of Arts” in December 2000. In December 2003, he was a Kennedy Center Honoree. In May 2007, he performed at the State Dinner for Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, hosted by President George W. Bush and Mrs. Bush at the White House.
Mr. Perlman’s 2010-11 season will take his performances as soloist to both new and familiar major centers throughout the world. In fall 2010, he will travel to Chile and Brazil, with orchestral performances in Santiago and recitals in Rio de Janeiro, Paulinia, and Sao Paulo. In October 2010, he will once again thrill audiences in Japan with seven recitals in Tokyo, Osaka, Matsumoto, Nagoya, and Yokohama with pianist and frequent collaborator, Rohan De Silva. He joins the New York Philharmonic at Avery Fisher Hall for their opening subscription week under Music Director Alan Gilbert. Other highlights of his 2010-11 season include a special performance with the Chicago Symphony to benefit the Rotary Foundation’s campaign to End Polio Now; a performance with the Toronto Symphony at Carnegie Hall; and recitals across North America including San Francisco, Los Angeles, West Palm Beach, and San Antonio. Mr. Perlman also appears with students and alumni from the Perlman Music Program at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Terrace Theater at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, and the McCarter Theatre in Princeton, New Jersey.
In addition to his many orchestral and recital appearances throughout the world, Mr. Perlman performs as conductor with leading orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic, the London Philharmonic, the Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Israel Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony and the New York Philharmonic. This season marks his third as Artistic Director of the Westchester Philharmonic Orchestra. He was Music Advisor of the St. Louis Symphony from 2002 to 2004 where he made regular conducting appearances, and he was Principal Guest Conductor of the Detroit Symphony from 2001 to 2005.
He proudly possesses four Emmy Awards and fifteen Grammy awards. He performed at the 2006 Academy Awards and at the Juilliard School Centennial gala, broadcast nationally on Live from Lincoln Center. He collaborated with composer John Williams in Steven Spielberg’s Academy Award-winning film Schindler’s List, in which he performed the violin solos.
Mr. Perlman devotes considerable time to education, both in his participation each summer in the Perlman Music Program and his teaching at the Juilliard School, where he holds the Dorothy Richard Starling Foundation Chair. He was awarded an honorary doctorate and a centennial medal on the occasion of Julliard’s 100th commencement ceremony in May 2005.