Itzhak Perlman was recently interviewed by Jack Ford at WNET Studios for Peter Rosen’s documentary, “God’s Fiddler” about the world’s most renowned violinist, Jascha Heifetz. The documentary features rare family home movies in Los Angeles and all over the world.
Jascha Heifetz was the first truly modern virtuoso, a man about whom Itzhak Perlman said, ‘When I spoke with him, I can’t believe, I’m talking to God’.
A musical wunderkind, Jascha Heifetz set the standard in violin playing for nearly a century. This film portrays an artist for whom only perfection would do, so well known in popular culture that his name became shorthand for excellence for everyone from Jack Benny to The Muppets, to Woody Allen.
Heifetz was a legendary but mysterious figure whose story embodies the dual nature of artistic genius. The paradox of how a mortal man lives with immortal gifts – gifts he must honor, but which extract a life-long price. Is the man and the artist the same person? What is the price each pays? And who was the man behind the music?
The American Masters documentary Jascha Heifetz: God’s Fiddler premieres on PBS starting April 16, 2015.